shin jung-yeon collects stalactites from metropolis buildings as an alternative of limestone caves


‘Undertaking Stalactite’ by artist Shin Jung-yeon


Blurring the boundaries between synthetic and pure, Shin Jung-yeon hunts for stalactites in cities as an alternative of limestone caves. Exploring the kinds calthemite, a concrete by-product, takes, ‘Undertaking Stalactite’, proposes a chance to take a look at the city atmosphere and its elements by way of a lens  that has not been explored earlier than.

Shin Jung-yeon introduces a group of city stalactites following a strategy of analysis, appreciation, and attachment for each bit discovered. The stalactites grown in buildings could look extra numerous than these grown in a collapse nature because of varied components corresponding to paint, pipes, and development supplies. ‘The metropolis emerges as a discipline of treasure-hunting that has not but been explored from the attitude of urban-speleothem,’ the artist explains.

massive assortment of numerous city stalactites

all photographs courtesy of Shin Jung Yeon





Calthemite is a secondary deposit derived from concrete, lime, mortar, or different calcium supplies. Calthemite deposits normally develop in locations corresponding to previous buildings and underground parking heaps. These ‘city stalactites’, as Shin Jung-yeon has named them, are a by-product of human exercise and are similar to naturally occurring stalactites in limestone caves. In response to the artist, ‘the best way folks deal with the 2 is totally completely different. In lots of instances, city stalactites will not be even seen to exist.’ The undertaking doesn’t convey any direct intention, however it opens the potential of noticing issues which were neglected of their current context by discovering unusual and delightful objects in locations the place folks dwell.


On the video above, Shin Jung-yeon presents archive footage of the method of ‘searching’ (or ‘damaging’) City-stalactite from its unique location, in addition to conversations with residents throughout the course of. These objects seem as an architectural by-product to the viewers, together with the residents of the gathering website. City-stalactite is topic to assortment, analysis, attachment, and appreciation, like stalactites in limestone caves. By displaying the town’s stalactites, the artist presents the experiences which have the potential to create varied views on supplies and people. The undertaking is presently underway with the purpose of working in additional numerous cities and areas.

shin jung yeon explores the city to collect stalactites and blur the boundaries between artificial and nature 1
city stalactites are related in form, composition, and manufacturing course of to pure stalactites

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samples of city stalactites

shin jung yeon explores the city to collect stalactites and blur the boundaries between artificial and nature 6
numerous assortment of stalactites

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