Korean artist Choi Jeong-Hwa works with themes of nature on a grandiose scale. His large sculptural installations, Breathing Flower and Red Lotus, each exhibit an enormous lotus flower made of red fabric. In Asian cultures, the lotus represents purity and grace and Choi combines its image with the color red, a hue most associated with good fortune and vitality.
As grandeur and vibrant as the structure is, its cleverly crafted petals swaying in the wind is what truly catches the eye and brings the moving statue to life. The sculptor’s floral installation, which has traveled across the world, reflects both nature and life in one entity by brilliantly flowing with naturally sweeping gusts of of air as though it is inhaling and exhaling on its own.
Check out the video, below, to see the 24-foot installation “breathe” in front of the San Francisco Asian Art Museum.