Do Ho Suh floats his fabric houses inside Seoul’s Incheon International Airport

Hanok homes hang above the heads of travellers

A pair of brightly coloured houses hang above the heads of travellers passing through Seoul’s Incheon International Airport – part of a ghostly new installation by Korean artist Do Ho Suh exploring the importance of home.

The 2019 architectural sculpture is titled ‘Home Within Home’. It comprises a pair of traditional Korean Hanok houses with curvy tiled roofs, made using a 3D scanner and built with blue, yellow and orange polyester fabric and stainless steel frames.

Do Ho Suh, ‘Home within Home,’ 2019 © Do Ho Suh. Installation view at Incheon International Airport, South Korea, in collaboration with Hyundai LIVART. Photography: Jeon Taeg Su

The ethereal sculptures are like-for-like replicas of a Hanok and are suspended from the airport’s glass capped roof, with the largest structure at the top and an identical, albeit smaller version stacked below.

Do Ho Suh is repped by Lehmann Maupin and his work often draws on his personal experiences and explores the spaces we inhabit. ‘Home Within Home’ riffs on his mammoth 2013 installation, ‘Home Within Home Within Home Within Home Within Home’, which saw Suh recreate the Rhode Island townhouse he lived in while a student in the USA, as well as his childhood home in South Korea.

Do Ho Suh, ‘Home within Home,’ 2019 (detail) © Do Ho Suh. Installation view at Incheon International Airport, South Korea, in collaboration with Hyundai LIVART. Photography: Jeon Taeg Su

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