〈Centreefugal Park〉, 2017.
green plastic mesh, steel pipe, oriented strand board(OSB), motor, height 4.5~5.5m, width 1~3m, commissioned by Asia Culture Center, courtesy of the artist
Credit : FABBROS STUDIO
Lifethings has been studying architectural structures that do not affect the environment through a shift in conceptions of the fields of architecture, public art, and design. 〈Centreefugal Park〉, a play on the words of ‘primeval forest’ and ‘centrifugal force’ since their pronunciations are similar in Korean, is a collection of structures composed of benches and Centreefuge resembling trees. The artist had questions on the use of heavy, expensive and less sustainable materials to build a structurally safe roof, so he created Centreefuge that resembles a tree with a lightweight, inexpensive but windproof roof. The large leaves of Centreefuge, that is, the roof, are designed to bloom by centrifugal force when there’s no or mild wind. In addition, as the strength of the wind changes, its shape changes from a round mushroom-like shape to a folded umbrella shape to provide various sizes of shades. Visitors sitting on the benches around Centreefuge can rest in the shades and enjoy the breeze.