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The eco-trail along the Imjingang Riverside with World-famous artist eL Seed

WriterAdministratorDate12/05/2017

This area is called Imjingak Eco-Trail, Museum, or Civilian Control Line Barbed-wire Path along the Imjingang Riverside Truce Line. After removing part of the existing old artworks, new artworks are now exhibited.

An artwork made by connecting 50words from the world on the barbed-wire fence.


Along the 650m-long section, 34 artworks are on display. World-famous artist eL Seed created artworks expressing his wish for a unified Korea. He integrates calligraphy and graffiti into his artwork. He spreads the message of peace to India, Brazil, and South Africa, even to the air-raided area in civil war-torn Syria or Cairo’s poor villages. His artwork, created by connecting 50 wards of buildings in poor villages in Cairo, Egypt, is listed in UNESCO as well.

The “Bridge Project” was originally designed to use the bridge connecting North and South Koreas. Getting permission beyond ideology was difficult for the artist. Thus, the project was completed by using laser-processed aluminum particles instead. On the long barbed-wire fence, the artist engraved a poem by poet Kim So-wol who hailed from Pyeonganbuk-do Province and passed away even before Korea was divided into North and South.

the artwork written the poem by poet Kim So-wol  '못잊어-김소월' 못잊어 생각이 나겠지요, 그런대로 한 세상 지내시구료, 사노라면 잊힐 날 있으리다.


While doing joint work with children, he personally demonstrated his artwork. He connected children’s unification artwork to create a 100m-long artwork.
 

Left: the artist eL Seed is standing with children in front of the barbed-wire fence./ Right: the artist eL Seed is drawing graffiti on the wooden deck as a trial.


The area used to be a military patrol path along the Imjingang Riverside. It started to be opened to the public in 2016 by constructing an eco-trail along the barbed-wire fence of the Civilian Control Line. Visitors can appreciate artworks while trekking and avail themselves of interpretation services.
 

Left: a picture of the human being - shaped sculptures in the Imjingak Pyeonghwa Nuri Park./ Middle: visitors are walking along the barbed-wire fence./ Right: visitors are walking down the stairs along the Imjingang riverside.


The eco-trail along the Imjingang Riverside is accessible only to a group of more than 10 people once a day. Applications should be made 7 days in advance via the homepage (www.pajuecoroad.com). The photos of exhibit artworks and audio guide can be downloaded on mobile phones via “Guideon” App.

From the eco-trail, visitors can see “Chopyeongdo Island” where winter migratory birds such as white-naped cranes, eagles, and white-fronted goose spend the winter. The artworks above will be on display even after the exhibition period, so visitors can enjoy the artworks in connection with Pyeonghwa-Nuri Trail Course 8.