Wandering Sheep, 2015
Hand-made paper and steel
Originally from Korea, Kyu Seok Oh shapes handmade paper into everyday forms, drawing upon the diverse nature of paper to reflect the unpredictability and balance within human life. At the age of four, Oh moved to Japan with his family as illegal immigrants. These experiences as a minority in Japan and the struggle of establishing identity as an illegal immigrant are reflected in the objects Oh creates: they are full of personality and searching for belonging. With his series of sheep he is using the familiar form of the animal to mirror the range of human experience from comfort to isolation and how we inhabit shared space.
Within Oh’s series of Sheep he is using the familiar form of the animal to mirror the range of human experience from comfort to isolation and how we inhabit shared space. For the Rose Kennedy Greenway’s Chinatown Park the Sheep reflect the changing urban environment by playfully interacting with both the traditional Chinese culture and modern architecture that coexist in this location. The Sheep invite the inhabitants of the Chinatown Park to play and wander somewhere unexpected together.
The Greenway Conservancy’s vision for public art is to bring contemporary art to Boston through free, temporary exhibitions along The Greenway. Curated by the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, Wandering Sheep was the inaugural project, which started a rotational exhibit based upon the animal signs of the Chinese Zodiac.
According to the Chinese zodiac, your birth year tells you more than just your age. It is believed that there is a special relationship between people and the animals in the Chinese zodiac. This belief, which can be traced back to the Han Dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE), is based on the idea that one's personality is affected by the animal their birth year is associated with.
The Year of the Sheep (Wei) starts on February 19, 2015, and ends on February 7, 2016. People born in the Year of the Sheep are thought to be tender, polite, devoted, clever, and kind-hearted. They have special sensitivity to art and beauty and a special fondness for quiet living. They are wise, gentle and compassionate and cope with business cautiously. In their daily life, they try to be economical. They are willing to take good care of others, but they should avoid pessimism and hesitation.