I live in Los Angeles these days, but I still consider myself “from” the country. This city is huge and yet, in my day to day life, it doesn’t really feel all that big. LA is an odd city in that even though it is big, in both geography and population, it is not all that dense. The buildings are not too tall, we have lots of trees and the roads are wide. It honestly feels pretty similar to other western US cities like Denver or Phoenix. There is still abundant space for movement.
I only really see the scope when I try to drive out. It takes hours to leave the city behind.
Truly dense cities like New York or Seoul or Hong Kong are a different beast entirely. These sculptures by Yunwoo Choi got me started thinking about the denseness of urban landscape.
These sculptures are all about space and planes and dimensions of existence. In his artist statement he writes that if emotions and thoughts and dreams are real do they take up space of their own. If so, what plane or dimension are they on? He is interested in invisible and intangible matter.
In a tightly packed city there are so many people feeling and dreaming and thinking all the time. It adds another layer, another dimension to the density.
In these sculptures the skyline on the outside surface contrasts with the relatively smooth underside, but both are spinning around and folding in on each other. There is no true up or down in the coil.
This is how I imagine a city like Tokyo would look if you mapped out the city in time as well as space.
I love how the viewer can be inside this one – the city can wrap around and envelop you.
All images from Yunwoo Choi’s website