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Korean Artist Turns Unwanted Tree Trunks Into Elegant Sculptures

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Korean sculptor Lee Jae-Hyo earned a degree in Fine Arts at Hong-ik University. He has gained worldwide acclaim for his ability to turn scrap and common materials into stunning and unique wood sculptures.

Lee’s favourite shape is the sphere because it has no corners, no angles and it is the simplest form that demonstrates the wood original energy.

 
Lee Jae-Hyo


Lee Jae-Hyo


Lee Jae-Hyo

To achieve the stunning wood sculptures, he combines each wood, outlines and burns the entire piece in a strong fire.  The darkly charred outside is polished until the black and white contrast is clear.  He works on different kinds of woods but prefers to use the cheap ones.

Lee also works on metals using rusty bent nails.  He hammers and chars stainless steel bolts and nails into wood.


Lee Jae-Hyo


Lee Jae-Hyo


Lee Jae-Hyo

Lee was the Grand Prize Winner of the Osaka Triennial in 1998 and the Prize of Excellence of Olympic Land Sculpture Contest in 2008.

To know more about him, visit his website at Lee Jae-Hyo. If you wish purchase his masterpieces, you can go to Artsy/JaeHyo-Lee.


Lee Jae-Hyo


Lee Jae-Hyo


Here's an interview with Lee Jae-Hyo: 


YouTube/DaYellow Drips

Sources:

Lee Jae-Hyo   |   Artsy/JaeHyo-Lee   |   YouTube/DaYellow Drips  
Dornob   |   My Modern Met   

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