〈The Last Monument〉, 2023.
3D Graphics, sound, commissioned by Asia Culture Center, courtesy of the artist
PARK Hunkyu, a graphic designer and media artist, has presented experimental artworks that incorporate Korean traditional music with various videos. He aims to publicize the danger of global warming through the disappearing glacier in 〈The Last Monument〉, a collaborative work with a graphic novelist, LEE Sunkyung. Inspired by the fact that glacier researchers engrave the names of Iceland’s disappeared glaciers on stones, this work takes the form of commemorating glaciers that are already disappeared or will disappear in the near future. Engraving and commemorating the existence of the past in stones can serve as a warning to inform the disasters we will experience if we forget their existence. Along with a call for action on climate change that may have already been late, the work contains the symbolism of Gwangju where the entire city has became a monument with the scars of Korean modern history, and at the same time, a longing for the city’s bright future.