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Melt for AmorePacific

The process of thermal forming mimics the formation of lava rock: changing the physical state of solid to liquid, back to solid. Individual panels are woven into a parabolic structure that encapsulates the movement of liquid.

Task

Public art installation for Amore Pacific Museum of Art's APMAP 2018 exhibit.

  • Client

    Amore Pacific Museum of Art

  • Team

    BO-DAA

  • Location

    O’Sulloc Tea Museum, Jeju, South Korea

The Exhibit.

MELT - from above.
Walking through the panels.
Details of a panel and its connectors.

Concept.

A public art project by Amore Pacific Museum of Art to identify talented new artists and support the development of contemporary art. 15 artists or groups were selected, including myself with BO-DAA, to exhibit an installation in Jeju, South Korea.

We flew to Jeju from Seoul to find inspiration – the brief suggested we explore the natural formations of this beautiful island.

The volcanic formations along Jeju’s coast caught our attention. Rapidly cooled molten magma captures the unique organic forms of flowing rock. 

This phenomenon presented the basis for our design – the revelation of a hidden beauty through the manipulation of states. 

Concept sketch of gradual accumulation.

Making.

The design consisted of four sides consisting of 40 acrylic panels.  Each panel was formed using a custom-design and fabricated rig. 

First, an acrylic panel is placed on top of the rig, then placed below the heating device (an industrial space heater).

Then, after the panel has deformed and drooped into an inverted bubble, the rig is removed from the heat. The panel is then tilted to create a directional sagging.

The adjustment of the heating time and the degree of tilt during cooling allows for specific control of the final form.

Cooled panels - rippled forms.

Construction.

Almost melting myself while putting Melt together in Jeju's charming sweltering heat and humidity.