Standout piece from Totally Thames 2016

One of the best things you can come across during a walk along London’s winding River Thames this month is this installation by Ik-Joong Kang. On display for this year’s Totally Thames, Kang’s artwork Floating Dreams can be spotted hovering in the water between St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Tate Modern art gallery.

Sitting next to the Millennium bridge is a cube with a figure stood on top. Each side is gridded with drawings by people who fled North Korea during the Korean War. Kang collected 500 drawings by misplaced individuals who recalled memories of their hometown and recorded it with a pencil, then reproduced on Korean rice paper hanji.

Kang’s artwork remembers the lives of those separated from loved ones in the aftermath of the Korean War. Floating Dreams stands as a beacon of hope for the reunification of the country in the near future.

Floating Dreams is on display for the rest of the month.


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