Willing To Be Vulnerable – Metalized Balloon (2015–16) by Lee Bul

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 08:38

Willing To Be Vulnerable – Metalized Balloon (2015–16) is a colossal, 17-metre long sculpture that resembles a Hindenburg airship, or Zeppelin. In the early part of the twentieth century these futuristic vehicles were a symbol of progress and modernity. Their popularity came to an abrupt end in 1937, however, when an airship carrying 96 passengers burst into flames as it attempted to land.  

Installation view of Lee Bul, Willing To Be Vulnerable - Metalized Balloon, 2015-16 at Hayward Gallery, 2018. © Lee Bul, Photo: Linda Nylind

Installation view of Lee Bul, Willing To Be Vulnerable - Metalized Balloon, 2015-16, at Hayward Gallery, 2018


 

Willing To Be Vulnerable – Metalized Balloon is one of a number of works in this exhibition that draw attention to the ways in which technology might turn against us, or cause us harm. Along with the artist’s newly completed sculpture Scale of Tongue (2017–18), this monumental sculpture addresses the tension between what Lee Bul refers to as ‘the growing faith in the creed of new technology’ and the potential for technological failure that brings with it catastrophic results.

 

 

Lee Bul: Crashing at Hayward Gallery runs until 19 August 2018

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