“Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup”
—John Lennon (Across the Universe)
Each year over 130,000 international flights take off and land in South Korea. The world is truly a smaller place, in that people are traveling at an unprecedented rate further and with more frequency than ever before. South Korea is both a macrocosm and a microcosm of this phenomenon. More people are traveling to and from Korea than ever in its history.
The concept of “Endless Rain” is that instead of rain falling from the clouds in the sky, they are to touch down—or fall from the sky—in the planes that land every day throughout the country. Planes travel across the world, much like the clouds do. They cross all continents, countries, oceans and seas. Clouds gather moisture and are formed from many sources of water, and later drop that water back on a location far, far away.
Hundreds of water bottles were sent from people in countries all over the world. The water bottles will then be shipped to Ulsan City where they will be poured into the Teahwa River. They will then be filled again from the river, and placed on a 64 foot long (19 meters) pedestal that has been cut into the shape of the Teahwa River.
By having the water bottles taken from so many countries throughout the world and shipped to South Korea, specifically Ulsan City helps to demonstrate that we are in fact a very small planet that shares our natural resource of water. Polluted water in one city spreads to many cities, and then to many countries, and then to everywhere. The world needs clean water to survive.
The dichotomous side of the piece though, is that much technology and industry is applied to get the water to Ulsan City. Plastic manufactures create the bottles, trucks carry them to and from the airport, and planes carry them back and forth to many countries. It is somewhere in the middle of this equation that we must look to balance industry and nature or growth and ecological conservation.
Once all the bottles of water are placed on the pedestal at the exhibition site, it will create a river of fresh water. Not a river of just Ulsan City, but a river of the entire world.
Art Director: Kim, Yoon-sup
Executive Curator: Jun-heon Park
Kang, Ta ho
Koh, Myung jin
Kwon, Chi gyu
Kim, Gyoung min
Kim, Yun sik
Kim, Sung bok
Kim, Tae eun
Kim, Taik gi
Ro, Yoon ji
Min, Boung hun
Son, Won lee
Son, Hyun wook
Shin, Chi hyun
Sim, Seung wook
Oh, Byoung Kwon
University of Ulsan Painting Dept. A
University of Ulsan Painting Dept. B
University of Ulsan Sculpture Dept.
Lim, Ok sang
Chung, Kuk taek
Cho, Moon hee
Chen, Dai goang
Chun, Sung gil
Choi, Il ho
Hwang, Hwan il
Park, Chong kook & Andreas Gehien
Yoon, Du jin & Ozaki Jitsuya
Mohammed El Mourid
2012 Taehwa River Eco Art Festival
Ulsan City, South Korea