Do Ho Suh ‘Bridging Home, London’ Commissioned by Art Night and Sculpture in the City, an ambitious new installation by Korean artist Do Ho Suh (b.1962, South Korea) curated by Fatoş Üstek 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 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
This commission follows on from Do Ho Suh’s participation in Art Night 2017, which consisted of a video installation in Christ Church Spitalfields showing Passage/s (2015) and My Home/s (2016).
This commission is kindly supported by Arts Council Korea and Arts Council England Joint Fund, the City of London Corporation, the Korean Culture Centre UK, Phillips, Saja Foundation x Outset, Savills, Simmons & Simmons.
The Garden was designed in collaboration with HOK with the participation of Blooming Artificial.
Further thanks to Lehmann Maupin, Victoria Miro, Velorose, Wedlake Bell, The White Wall Company.