Breathing Lotus Flower
Choi Jeong Hwa (KR)
Esplanade de l'Hôtel de Ville
Choi Jeong Hwa, a leading figure in Korean pop art, returns to Annecy for the third consecutive year with Breathing Lotus Flower: a giant lotus flower, whose slow movement of petals evokes that of breathing. A symbol of purity in Asia, the lotus flower reminds us how important it is to live in the present moment.
Korean artist and designer Choi Jeong Hwa is best known for his installations featuring huge lotus flowers. The lotus flower is a major cosmological symbol of purity in Asia. Here, the lotus flower offers to see a corolla of 6 meters in diameter. Its gigantic petals move gently in a rhythm of their own, reminiscent of breathing or a beating heart. His floral sculptures have appeared in other cities internationally, including San Francisco, Sydney and Boston. With this installation, the artist also reminds us of the importance of being in the moment and the fleeting beauty of life.
Choi Jeong Hwa was born in 1961 in Seoul (South Korea). For him, art is everywhere and for everyone. His kitsch and multicolored aesthetic mixes traditional Korean imagery and popular culture. With his inflatable installations scattered around the city, he proposes a playful and original way to find beauty in everyday things.
Introduced since 2018
Visible from July 12, 2021