Giant Pagoda Temple Grows in the Heart of Old Havana


Havana.- A Gameunsa Pagoda Temple stands today at the Capitol of Havana, in an ephemeral competition that will only last the duration of the 12th Havana Biennial. Two representative architectural monuments of two distant cultures, but separated here only by a street, are the basis of Harmonious Havana, a proposal given by Korean artist Han Sungpil.


The contribution of Asia is a printed image on a wire net, 28 meters long by 33 meters wide, covering the facade of Casa Editora Abril, former seat of Cuban recalcitrant Diario de la Marina.


The facility, amazes thousands of walkers who daily converge in the Havana Capitol and surrounding area, and is part of a project called Facades, which Sungpil has taken to cities around the world.


In fact, the artist wanted people to experience a moment become fantasy, and even inserted into an alien reality, especially when the work is seen from the distance.


The image represents the restoration of a stone three-level pagoda temple, declared a National Treasure, which construction began in the 17th Century, and survived a devastating fire.


Sungpil estimated that the union between the cultures of both countries will be an interesting and strange experience for people.


In addition, two years ago, a Cuban cultural delegation visited Seoul, and this new cultural approach further comprises a mapping that allows viewers to see the Aurora Borealis and dawn on the night of Dokdo, the easternmost island of South Korea.


Sungpil (Seoul, 1972) is a photographer, and is one of the most recognized Korean artists.


Source: PL