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Art and Culture1 Updated: 2012-09-11 12:00:00 KST

Art and Culture1
And now it's time for our daily arts and culture segment with Michelle Kim. Today, Michelle has two very interesting exhibitions to share with us, one dealing with trees and another on ancient Mayan artifacts.

Hello Michelle

[Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young

So, tell us more about this exhibition.

[Reporter : ] This is an exhibition by artist Lee Gil-rae, who uses copper pipes to replicate the look and feel of pine trees, creating a somber, meditative mood. Let's take a look.

For 20 years, artist Lee Gil-rae has used nature as the theme for sculptural artworks forged out of copper pipes.
For his current solo exhibition at Gallery BK, which runs through September 28th, Lee shows a forest of delicate pine trees that spread out across the gallery.
They crawl up the stark white walls and stretch out into shapes resembling ancient figures from a distant past set adrift in the midst of a desolate city.

[Interview : Lee Gil-rae, Installation Artist] "Trees have historically been imbued with godlike qualities and are a familiar part of our daily lives. That's why I think trees can represent nature as a whole."

To create the texture of the bark of the pine tree, Lee sliced into the copper pipes and then welded them together.
To replicate the natural color of the trees, Lee uses a special method of distressing the metal.
Through his interpretation of an everyday object into art, viewers are invited to contemplate the impermanence of nature, life and humanity.
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