LOTUS Debuts in Union Square Park Triangle

Photo: Scott Hobbs

Photo: Scott Hobbs

Last Friday, NYC Parks & Recreation, CYNTHIA-REEVES PROJECTS, and the Union Square Partnership officially cut the ribbon on LOTUS, the newest piece of temporary art in the Union Square Park Triangle. LOTUS was the creation of Seoul-based artist Jaehyo Lee. To create the piece, the artist meticulously carved, shaped, burned the individual wood elements attached to a steel armature that stretches 12 feet high. The artwork has certainly made an impression as passersby who can be seen at all times of day stopping to look and touch the new art in the triangle.More on the artist Jaeyho Lee: Lee graduated from Hong-Ik University in 1992, and is the prizewinner of the Hankook Ilbo Young Artists Award in 1997; the Osaka Triennial Award in 1998; the Kim Sae-Jung Award in 2000; the Sculpture in Woodland Award in 2002; and the Japan Hyogo International Competition Award in 2004. His work is included in the permanent collections of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea; Hyogo Prefecture Museum of Art Japan; Metropolitan Art Museum, South Korea; Busan and the Osaka Contemporary Art Center, Japan. Most recently, his work was included in the Museum of Art and Designʼs inauguration exhibition, Second Lives,
and was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art, Montgomery, AL. An upcoming solo retrospective at the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, Washington, is scheduled for 2015.

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