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Thanks to a law requiring it, Seoul has a lot of bad public art

 Thanks to a law requiring it, Seoul has a lot of bad public art

For 16 years, Seoul had a law that required new buildings to also install new public art. A lot of the resulting art was bad, so the law has been changed to allow builders to donate money instead of commissioning the art themselves.

“Unless citizens actively petition for the removal of any bad art that’s already installed, they’ll have to live with it,” said Yang Hyun-mi, a professor of culture and arts administration at Sangmyung University.

People again point to “Amabel” as a case in point. First installed in 1996 at a cost of $1.4 million, Stella’s work was subtitled “Flowering Structure.” The piece, the artist said, symbolized the endurance of steel and the role it has played in human endeavors.

Several years ago, however, officials responding to critics chose to plant trees to try to hide the sculpture after deciding the $400,000 cost to move it to Korea’s Museum of Modern Art was too expensive.

Via The Morning News.

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Go drink your mother’s breast milk and then come back!

From Epic Ponyz, Korean insults:

 Go drink your mothers breast milk and then come back!

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South Korea aims a Christmas tree at the North

A church in South Korea has erected a giant Christmas tree near the border with North Korea. It is visible from Kaesong city serves as a symbol of the religious freedom South Koreans enjoy.

Via The Morning News.

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