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소나무 비천 되어 (Pine becomes flight). . . Pine Carvings of A Master

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A free exhibition of temple-style pine carvings has opened at the Seoul Fine Arts Center (Seocho Gu) and is a very fine example of the art form from a living master: 허길량.  IMHO, this is an easy must-see exhibition for many reasons.  There is at least one lady there who can give detailed help in English as well but I am not sure how often she is there.  She did offer some insight into the recent problems with the Namdaemun pine too that was interesting to hear.  The accompanying book and calendar are wonderful at 10,000 too. The SAC page for this exhibit is here.

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  • Sanshinseon

    Wow! but too bad it’s only for a week… during a season when so many of us are gone elsewhere.

  • setnaffa

    “She did offer some insight into the recent problems with the Namdaemun pine too that was interesting to hear.”

    Would you be willing to pass that along for the benefit of those outside Korea at the moment?

  • RElgin

    It was suggested that a certain chemical process for preparing large pine pieces was omitted. It is natural for pine tree sections to crack too; the cracks do not mean that the wrong wood or low-quality wood was used.

  • setnaffa

    Thanks!!

  • KWillets

    Don’t they soak them in salt for several years? That step was omitted on more than just Namdaemun.

  • RElgin

    There was mention made of another concoction but shortcuts were taken. Perhaps the gov should have someone set aside special trees for processing over a period of years and keep a stockpile of these as future building material.

    “Foresight is forearmed” thus the government needs to arm itself.