Joshua Sofaer

Freezing Seoul

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Seoul is freezing. It’s well below freezing. Today it is -15 degrees celsius. In these temperatures even the trees and the ground need to wrap up warm. I have seen these kinds of winter wrappings before in Japan, although I’m not sure I ever saw the ground itself wrapped. There is a kind of perfect meeting of utility and aesthetics in this practice. The bare trees are made accidental sculpture. (Perhaps not so accidental.)

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Metal pegs and a lattice of ropes keep matting in place, giving an almost button-upholstered effect.

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Rows of pots have straw hats on.

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Dead plants protect living ones. In a country where ancestor worship has been a fundamental part of the culture, this seems very fitting.

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