Sometimes, you see a beautiful sculpture and you imagine how the artist put everything together. You picture the craftsmanship, the attention to detail, and the hours upon hours that have been dedicated upon it. Then sometimes, you see a beautiful sculpture and you imagine how the artist put everything together. Except you can’t. Because you’ve never seen anything like it. That’s exactly how I felt when first laying eyes on the lovely wire sculptures that come as part of Seung Mo Park’s Human series.
Did he freeze a woman and wrap her in metal? Does he own robot craftsmen who can bend wires in precise angles? Is it voodoo? Basically, you can’t come up with a sensible answer, so you just admire it and marvel at the sheer genius of the creative mind behind the darn thing.
Based in Brooklyn, Park Seung Mo is a Korean sculptor who creates these large structures using neat lines of aluminum wire. Apparently, he doesn’t kill people then wrap them in metal, command a robot army of artisans, nor employ voodoo in building the fine creations. Instead, he starts with a fiberglass casting that he then covers up with row upon row of painstakingly bent-to-shape aluminum wires that precisely recreates everything from wavy hair to wrinkled clothing to the sinuous musculature of the human form. Again, the process from those base materials to the finished product remains unfathomable to my ogre-level imagination, so I’ll just sit back and admire these lovely sculptures for the wonderful creations that they are.