theStudio Artist of the Week…

Jiyeon Song, Media Design Artist, Los Angeles

Recently an artist friend showed me a time-lapse video of media design artist, Jiyeon Song’s “One Day Poem Pavillion”. I was completely in awe, this poetic sculpture is just so amazing I had to write about it. Song calls it experiential typography. This is proof that the most elemental concepts can have the most dramatic results. Song has combined words and sunlight to create an astounding piece of public art.

Through a matrix of perforations, sunshine gets converted through the dome into lines of poetry underneath. For the text, Song chose classical Korean poems called “Sijos” and translated them into English. It takes eight hours to see the entire poem, with each line visible for about an hour. The design actually shifts poems based on the season. During the summer the poem focuses on a theme of “new life”, during the winter it turns to “reflection and the passing of time”. Thetime-lapse video showing the the delicacy of the words moving through the shadow of the dome is a must see.

On Song’s thesis site you can check out some incredibly detailed info on the project, from experiments and calculations on how the project would work to some amazing drawings from its developmental phase.


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