Floating Dreams

Photo by Peter Mcdiarmid
Photo by Peter Mcdiarmid

 

The Thames Festival Trust present Totally Thames, an unmissable season of events that brings London’s river to life from 1-30 September.

Floating Dreamsis a compelling, large-scale installation situated in the centre of the River Thames by the Millennium Bridge in London.

A major installation by Ik-Joong Kang, one of South Korea’s most renowned and celebrated multimedia artists, Floating Dreams is a compelling, large-scale installation situated in the centre of the River Thames by Millennium Bridge. Constructed from 500 drawings and illuminated from within, the three-storey-high lantern structure acts as a memorial to the millions displaced and divided during the Korean War (1950-53), and a poignant symbol of hope for the reunification of North and South Korea.

Photo by Peter Mcdiarmid
Photo by Peter Mcdiarmid

 

Born in South Korea, Ik-Joong Kang relocated to New York in 1984 to complete a Masters in Fine Arts at the Pratt Art Institute. For Floating Dreams, the artist returned home to collect drawings by the generation that fled from North Korea to South Korea during the conflict over 66 years ago. Now in their 80’s and 90’s and unable to return, Kang asked them to revisit their memories and draw their hometowns. 500 images, recalling joyful and sorrowful memories of lost homes and broken families, have been transferred onto pieces of​ Hanji, a traditional Korean rice paper, and transformed by the artist into a single work of art that illuminates the pain and hope of many Koreans displaced by the Korean War. Floating Dreams recognises and raises awareness of the participants’ longing for home and their faith in a future reunification for their country.
 

Photo by Peter Mcdiarmid
Photo by Peter Mcdiarmid

 

River Thames by Millennium Bridge
Thu 1 – Fri 30 Sep 2016 / Free event