The atrium of the new wing of the Auckland Art Gallery is dominated by this chandelier whose colourful flowers inflate and deflate rhythmically. Here a group of children have taken position to fully take in the impact of colours and movement.
The note by Ron Brownson, Senior Curator New Zealand and Pacific Art reads:
Choi Jeong Hwa’s exuberant inflatable flowers are a trademark of his boundary-crossing art. A pioneer of Korean Neo-Pop, Choi works as an artist, designer, architect and event planner. Drawing from Pop art’s tongue-in-cheek rebellion and celebration of popular culture, Choi’s work has infectious enthusiasm. He rejects the hierarchies separating art from life, saying ‘there shouldn’t be barriers in art’.
Flower Chandelier initiates a cenversation with Albert Park’s gardens, turning the Gallery’s atrium into a gigantic glasshouse. Unlike living flowers, its blooms aspire to immortality: they will breathe continually for an entire year. Flower Chandelier is a gift for Auckland which grew out of contemporary Korea. Like the extravagant fake crystal chandeliers that decorate many newly built Korean apartments, it is a joyful Pop spectacle.