The juxtaposition of these two beauties caught my attention while walking around the Seoul Museum of Art. Although both the sculpture and gingko tree proudly displayed their brilliant colors, the amber nature would soon be just a memory, with its golden petals already fluttering to the ground in the wind. By contrast, the metal petals of the sculpture would continue to boast of its saturated colors, well into the harsh winter season.
Monday, December 09, 2013
Saturday, December 07, 2013
Until I did a little reading, I mistook these two bronze bronze relief pieces at Deoksugung Palace as sculptures. Instead, these national treasures are part of a water clock, constructed in 1536 and used by the royalty to mark the standard time of the kingdom. Elaborate dragons, believed to inhabit ponds and lakes of South East Asia, encircle the cylinders. In addition to the two original cylinders, three bronze bowls of the clock also remain. You can read more about the clepsydra-style water clock on Wikipedia.
Thursday, December 05, 2013
Deoksugung Palace is the Gwangmyeongmun Gate. It looks more like a pavilion and currently houses an early Joseon-Dynasty bell, a singjeon rocket launcher from around 1377, and parts of a water clock. Originally serving as the entrance south of Hamnyeongjung Hall, the Japanese moved the gate to its present location in 1938 and repurposed it to be an exhibition space for the Buddhist bell.
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Although Deoksugung Palace is not my favorite of Seoul's five main palaces, it has some beautiful sections, particularly in fall. These two photos are of Jeonggwanheon, a building used to host royal banquets. I loved how the golds of the porch carvings echoed in the gingko trees above. The warm orange-red glow of the maples were gracefully framed by the green columns.
It's important to look down as well. Here the shadows of the autumn afternoon cast intricate repetitive patterns on the porch floor.
Sunday, December 01, 2013
At first glance, this photo could be mistaken for an impressionist pointillist painting. In a way, it's a painting by God a scene rendered on the water, comprised of a variety of fallen colored leaves. What a beautiful pond at Deoksugung Palace in Seoul.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
On this beautiful, fall day in Seoul, everyone seemed to be out enjoying the brilliantly hued leaves. The sculptures at the Seoul Museum of Art seem to be no exception. Crouched on the ground, it appears as if they are engaged in a common task scooping up the plethora of fallen leaves.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
In the past couple of weeks, the temperatures here in Seoul have really shown that winter is coming soon. At the stores and markets, sellers are displaying winter coats, warm fuzzy pajama bottoms, and winter outerwear. Even one of the bridges in downtown Seoul has been winterized. Knitters from all over the city have contributed their stripes and bright patterned creations, which have been stitched together and are now keeping the bridge warm. A very unique addition to the Seoul lantern Festival .
|Knitted globe "Feel the Multicultural Warmth"|