Commissioned by Art Night and Sculpture in the City, an ambitious new installation by Korean artist Do Ho Suh (b.1962, South Korea) was unveiled on 24 September on a footbridge above Wormwood Street – one of the busiest roads in the City of London, near Liverpool Street Station.
Invited by Art Night and Sculpture in the City to respond to the migrant history of the East End and the City of London, Suh has created Bridging Home, London, a replica of a traditional Korean house, his childhood home, and surrounding bamboo garden, which will appear to have ‘fallen’ onto the Wormwood Street footbridge.
Suh’s first large-scale outdoor installation in the capital, Bridging Home, London reflects the artist’s own experience of moving across continents and between cultures, and continues his career-long investigation of memory, migration, the multiplicity of the immigrant experience, and home as both a physical structure and a lived experience.
‘It is hugely rewarding to create a public work in London, my adopted home. For me, a building is more than just space. It is not only physical but also metaphorical and psychological. In my work I want to draw out these intangible qualities of energy, history, life and memory. While ‘Bridging Home, London’ comes from personal experience, I hope it is something a lot of people can relate to.’
- Do Ho Suh
Do Ho Suh’s Bridging Home, London (2018) | © Do Ho Suh. Courtesy of the artist, Lehmann Maupin and Victoria Miro. Photo HOK.