There’s something in common between apartments that grasp our attention; amazing landscaping. Recently, apartments install their parking lots underground to assure residents’ walking range as well as various trees and artworks to show changes of weather, creating a landscape space that will increase the quality of life. Hyundai E&C also is leading the apartments landscape culture. There are works by renowned Korean artists installed around The H and Hillstate. Shall we take an online exploration to see what kind of works are there?
Gangseo Hillstate - Moving City (artist Kim Gun-joo)
This work, titled ‘Moving City’, represents ideals, hopes, and harmonious development.
If you go on the grass field in the Gangseo Hillstate complex, you will first see the colorful artwork. This sculpture, titled ‘Moving City’, is by the artist Kim Gun-joo. Composed of aluminum and urethane paint and granite stone, it represents ideals, hopes, and harmonious development. Cross sections of the text are colored in various hues, cutting through the space and shooting upwards. This kind of liberal imagination outside the box, rational reason, and explosive energy is what’s depicted in Kim Gun-joo’s works. Can you feel the change taking place based on the flexibility and mobility created from freedom? Walk through the complex with the work alongside you, and receive its powerful, positive vibe.
Godeok Raemian Hillstate - Skin of time (artist Choi Tae-hoon)
Choi Tae-hoon’s work, ‘Skin of Time’, symbolizes the new beginning of a re-development through sculptures that embody relics from the prehistoric times.
You can see oval shaped sculptures at the Godeok Raemian Hillstate complex. What is this mysterious looking sculpture? It’s sculptor Choi Tae-hoon’s ‘Skin of Time’; he creates artworks by welding steel. This particular work embodies the historic culture resource of the region. Godeok Hillstate is located at a place that holds the long history of Korean peninsula along with Amsa-dong; it used to be the biggest group settlement in the Neolithic era. This work embodies the comb-pattern pottery which represents the civilization. The artist cuts, connects, and polishes up the material, stainless steel, to directly commune with the material and pursues recovery of materiality. There’s lighting in the work which seeps through the minute cracks of the work. This represents the new civilization in this region created through the newly built apartments.
Godeok Raemian Hillstate - Fruit of Love (sculptor Kim Byung-jin)
Kim Byung-jin’s work, ‘Fruit of Love’, embodies family happiness in the shape of an apple.
Godeok Raemian Hillstate has an affluent looking apple sculpture installed. This work, titled ‘Fruit of Love’, was created by sculptor Kim Byung-jin as he reflected the trait of surrounding environment, which is a protected water resource area. This work stemmed from the thought that the memory of the earth and the fruit of this world inevitably result in love; the word ‘LOVE’ was connected together to form the shape of an apple. Apple is regarded by people as the fruit of result and affluence, and the artist chose a beautifully colored apple as the object of his work to embody family happiness.
Magok Hillstate - Naeilro (artist Park Chang-sik)
Park Chang-sik’s work, ‘Naeilro, contains the powerful steps of three people who strive towards a better future.
There are sculptures of three people in the Magok Hillstate complex. It’s the work of sculptor Park Chang-sik. Titled ‘Naeilro’, this piece exudes positive energy from its title. These three people walking up the hill side by side are of one family; they depict a new future together. The figurative motif was a moment in people’s everyday lives who strive for a better future. When you come across the huge work which amounts to 4.5m in height, you will be overwhelmed with its positive energy. It contains the message that the hope for a better future begins here. The artist conveys the message that the residents will get consolation by looking at the work and get hope of a better tomorrow.
Wangsipri Centras - Energy-Light (artist Kim Moon-gyu)
Kim Moon-gyu’s work, ‘Energy-Light’, embodies active energy showering down like the light of blessing.
This sculpture that stands in front of the Wangsipri Centras entrance was created by shaving away marble, which is difficult and sensitive to handle. It’s ‘Energy-Light’, created by sculptor Kim Moon-gyu, who enjoys creating abstract sculptures. Sculptor Kim Moon-gyu worked in Carrara, Italy, has been working with marbles for a while. His works show traits of traditional Italian sculpting such as bumpy engravings and various forms of texture. This particular work was sculpted to embody active energy showering down like the light of blessing. Energetic shapes the artist dreamt of were accumulated diagonally to form columns, which looks both charming and symbolic. The artist wanted to contain the meaning of hopeful and positive energy filling up Centras.
The H Honor Hills - Opening up the waterside (sculptor Kim Byung-jin)
Kim Byung-jin’s work, ‘Opening up the waterside’, took a motif from the previous mud flat Gaepo and embodies the shape of a shell.
Various sculptures in between tress of the The H Honor Hills central garden that catch your eyes bring something quite different to the city center apartment complex. And among them, the biggest shell shaped sculpture definitely grasps most attention. It’s ‘Opening up the waterside’ by the artist Kim Byung-jin. It embodies Gaepo-dong, where The H Honor Hills is located in. The piece is titled so as it embodies the once a mud flat Gaepo. The long-gone mud flat is reborn as a shell, and it is shaped to resemble a flower bud, as it will bloom like a flower. If you look closely at the surface of the piece, you will see that countless flower shapes have been connected together. Such technique brought out the warmth and liltingness hidden in the stainless-steel material. The edges were softened, and welding was made especially strong in consideration of the safety of children and the residents; this shows how considerate the artist is. The piece shines white during the day and blue at night, lighting up the central garden at all times.
We’ve taken a look at the artworks locate in The H and Hillstate complexes. There were pieces that brought out the regional traits of the apartments and some that contained a special meaning of the relaxing, resting place. Artworks in the complex that enhance the class of the apartments as well as the quality of the residents’ lives will continue to be installed in various place around The H and Hillstate in various forms. Please look forward to what kind of work you will come across in the future.