|May 18, 2005
Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456 or
Bonggi Park, a sculptor from South Korea is completing a large-scale wood installation in front of the Education Building at California State University, Bakersfield.
Park has done numerous projects dealing with nature and natural materials in Korea, Japan, France, Switzerland and Belgium. This is his first project in the United States. He has worked with CSUB art students for the last few weeks, first collecting wood from the mountains above Lake Isabella and later in reconstructing the wood into a sculpture.
The weathered stumps form the foundation for reconstructed tree formations measuring up to 15 feet high. From the stumps, Park creates a steel armature, and then reconfigures branches to form treelike structures. The viewer is forced to look twice – what appears to be trees is in fact made out of wood, but is configured in a unique way.
Park’s concepts allude to the importance of community, and harmony with nature. The title of this installation, “Breathing,” relates to the interrelationship of plants to mammals (including humans) in the cycle of breathing.
For more information, please call the CSUB Art Department at (661) 654-3031.