Human figures made of bike chains
Young-Deok Seo makes artworks by melting thousands of individual parts altogether, as opposed to cutting figures out of a single piece of material. The startling realistic works of art created by the South Korean sculptor are built using bike chains. He creates every figure in the steel links from head – to – toe using this unconventional substance. Remarkably, this doesn’t interfere with Seo’s ability to generate realistic forms; in fact, it improves the bodies’ shapes. The reflective metallic substance sparkles, emphasising the lifelike biology and enhancing the three-dimensionality of the figures.
When viewed up close, the bike chains’ jigsaw-like appearance is replaced by the numerous different pieces that go into making every figure. Seo interprets his substance selection as a metaphor for contemporary industrialisation and how we interact with it. He explains, “The shackles in my artwork indicate [constraints].” “The shackles are all about the convoluted, forced connections and material appetites of our time,” the author said. In this fashion, a form of chain that often denotes choice and freedom fully encircles the figures, both physically and conceptually (of travel, of movement).
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By combining bike chains, South Korean sculptor Young-Deok Seo fashions realistic artworks.
He creates every subject in the steel links from head – to – toe using this unconventional substance.
These chains demonstrate how labour has become more industrialised.
In my artwork, chains represent [constraints],” he explains.
“The shackles are all about the convoluted, forced connections and material appetites of our time,” the author said.