Colorful balloon sculptures of fruits and vegetables appear in the plaza in front of Space World Station, named after the now-closed Space World theme park. With a steady stream of air, the sculptures feel alive and vibrant. The fruits and vegetables here are the blessings of nature that can only be cultivated in a good global environment. Air is what gives these large sculptures their shapes, which is an essential element in the environment no matter where you are in the world. It reminds the audience of the existence of the atmosphere and brings attention to climate change. Life is only sustainable thanks to nature and a stable global environment. This striking, colorful pop art will create an opportunity to encourage people to appreciate our Earth and look toward nature once again.
Born in 1961 in Korea, where he currently resides, Choi graduated from the Hongik University Department of Painting. One of Korea’s most dynamic and accomplished contemporary artists, Choi was selected to represent the Korean Pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennale (Italy, 2005) and has also participated in international art festivals in Liverpool, Sydney, Taipei, and Lyon. He also served as art director for the opening and closing ceremonies at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. He creates extraordinary sculptures of ordinary things such as flowers, clouds, and the sky with intense colors and dynamic shapes, encouraging us to reconsider the nature of reality from new and unexplored perspectives. His major exhibitions include Roppongi Art Night 2019 (Tokyo, Japan) and the solo exhibition Blooming Matrix (Gyre Gallery, Tokyo, 2019).