O My Country Monument

Gimpo International Airport, Seoul, South Korea

Standing at 30 meters tall, this monument sits at the vehicular entrance of the Gimpo International Airport in Seoul, South Korea. The three Cor-ten steel panels of this monument lean on each other, representing the co-dependency of the different kinds of travelers: the emigrant, the resident and the tourist. Each part is dependent on the others and is bound by a unifying stainless steel ring. This ring in elevation looks like it is in compression, pushing the lower parts of each panel outwardly and giving the curved shape to each panel. Inside the stainless steel ring hangs an anodized aluminum ring with the title and dedication of the tower. The thousands of holes were fabricated using heavy-duty lasercutting machinery. The resulting signage, illuminated at night by strategically rear-lit with halogen lights, looks like a digital projection even though the surface is analog. On the reverse side and from the inside of the ring, a quote from the O My Country poem by Rhee Hyo Sang reads “Even others, once here, would find it hard to leave”.

Team: Doris Sung (principal), Daisuke Sato.
Lighting Consultant: Peter Noble, Revolver Design.
Engineer: Mike Ischler and Hyundai Corporation.
Contractor: Hyundai Corporation.