7th Gyeonggi Garden Culture Expo Public Contest Selects 6 Exceptional Works Depicting “Dreams of Peace”

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○ 7th Gyeonggi Garden Culture Expo Public Contest Award Ceremony held on October 17
○ Six works, including “Beyond” by Hong Gwang-ho and “Blue Steps” by Kim Soo-hyun and Go Beop, selected as grand prize winners
○ Twenty-five works, including award winners, to be displayed at Supulnuri, Imjingak, for public viewing

In the 2019 Gyeonggi Garden Culture Expo Garden Art Contest, “Beyond” by Hong Gwang-ho and “Blue Steps” by Kim Soo-hyun and Go Beop received top honors.

On the morning of November 17, Gyeonggi Province held the Garden Artwork Awards Ceremony for the 7th Gyeonggi Garden Culture Expo Public Contest and presented awards for 6 exceptional works.

The ceremony was attended by approximately 20 participants including Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor Lee Hwa-soon and the winning garden designers.

Last May, Gyeonggi Province launched a public contest in two categories: “Show Gardens” for professionals, and “Living Gardens” for university students and general members of the public. As a result, a total of 74 entries, including 44 entries for the Show Garden category and 30 entries for the Living Garden category, were received.

The grand prize winning entry in the Show Garden category, “Beyond,” presents an interpretation of Dokgaedari Bridge over the Imjingang River, which previously connected South Korea and North Korea, from a new perspective. The work received high marks for the way in which it expressed the changing meaning of the bridge from a symbol of separation and pain to a symbol of peace and life.

The work “Blue Steps,” which was selected as the grand prize winning entry in the Living Garden category, was inspired by the foot bridge that was focus of considerable interest during the Inter-Korean Summit in Panmunjeom last year. It received high marks for its superb expression of the significance of reconciliation and coexistence beyond division.

“Perspective of Forest, Time of Healing” by Kim Ji-hak, Choi Jae-hyeok, and Kim Je-in was selected as the second-place entry in the Show Garden category, and “Nachun After Nanchun” by Lee Dong-hwa, Kang Jae-hyun, Park Jae-hong, Choi Ar-am, and Han Da-eun was selected as the second-place entry in the Living Garden category. In third place, “Grandma’s Smile” by Kang Sa-rang and Choi Byeong-gil was selected in the Show Garden category, and “Everyday Life” by Ahn Jun-seok, Kang Sung-soo, Kim Byeong-cheol, Nam Ho-yong, Park Sung-hun, Park Ji-hyun, and Won Gwang-sik was selected in the Living Garden category.

Each of the six winning entries will receive a prize purse of KRW 10 million along with a certificate of merit.

Gyeonggi Province originally planned to hold the 7th Gyeonggi Garden Culture Expo in Imjingak, Paju City, early in October, but postponed the event in order to prevent the spread of African swine fever.

Twenty-five works, including the 6 award-winning entries, will be displayed for public viewing at the Supulnuri Wetland Experience and Learning Center located in Imjingak.

Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor Lee Hwa-soon said, “For this contest, we received many entries that expressed the true meaning of peace in nature. I would like to encourage more creative activities that contribute to the spread of garden culture in Gyeonggi Province.”