Sculptures from upcycled bicycle chain by Young-Deok Seo

Sculptures from upcycled bicycle chain by Young-Deok Seo – upcycleDZINE
Today it’s time for upcycle art. I stumbled upon this art a few times and it is so intriguing that I just had to make a post about it. Maybe you know it already, but for those who don’t here’s some info.

Sculptures look like sort of ‘chain reaction’

I’m talking about sculptures by South Korean artist Young-Deok Seo. Seo uses recycled bike chains to create stunning sculptures. He uses conventional/legitimate production methods and techniques from beginning to end, regarding such as drawing, modeling, casting, and welding. Seo sculpts and transforms miles of used bike chains and other chains into unique and stunning pieces of art. Environment plays an important part in his work which originates from his study at the University of Seoul. He graduated from the department of Environmental Sculpture in 2009 and has used what he has learned for his art.
Sculptures from upcycled bicycle chain by Young-Deok Seo – upcycleDZINE
Sculptures from upcycled bicycle chain by Young-Deok Seo – upcycleDZINE
When you look at his work it’s almost like a sort of ‘chain reaction’. In his work I see a combination of emotion and robotic behavior without emotion. On the other hand these chains represent a second life for a machine part. Seo says: “I use immobile and cold textured form of a body to express our true nature that turned from the human nature to a property”.
Sculptures from upcycled bicycle chain by Young-Deok Seo – upcycleDZINE
Sculptures from upcycled bicycle chain by Young-Deok Seo – upcycleDZINE
Sculptures from upcycled bicycle chain by Young-Deok Seo – upcycleDZINE
Sculptures from upcycled bicycle chain by Young-Deok Seo – upcycleDZINE
Sculptures from upcycled bicycle chain by Young-Deok Seo – upcycleDZINE
Sculptures from upcycled bicycle chain by Young-Deok Seo – upcycleDZINE
Sculptures from upcycled bicycle chain by Young-Deok Seo – upcycleDZINE
Sculptures from upcycled bicycle chain by Young-Deok Seo – upcycleDZINE
Photos © Young-Deok Seo

For his pieces he uses more than a mile of old bicycle chains and it takes him around two to three months to create them. Lots of his pieces are unfinished because he wants to express the “incomplete nature of modern day humans”.
For more in depth info you could read an essay by Park, Tcheon-Nahm (Head of Faculty of Art and Science, Sungkok Art Museum).
I would love to see these sculptures in an exhibition. It must be so impressive.
Please watch this beautiful video to get a better idea of what an exhibition is like:

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