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Artist Creates Epic Cityscapes Using Vintage Letterpress Pieces

Posted By Lori Zimmer On May 16, 2012 @ 7:30 pm In Art,carousel showcase,gallery,Recycled Materials | No Comments

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Jang’s “Type City” is part of a solo show of the artist’s work at David B. Smith Gallery [5] in Denver, Colorado. The letterpress and wood sculpture stretches just two feet by 11 inches, but rises to 14 inches.  Despite the small volume, a massive amount of tiny disused metal pieces [6] were used to build up the incredible relief.

“Type City” offers a birds-eye view [7] of a city by the sea. Jang has used the letterpress pieces to create the city’s shoreline, complete with long docks that jut into the water. Grids of streets and low apartment buildings and business are made from small pieces, or longer ones places horizontally. Clusters of skyscrapers [8] spring up in the “downtown” area near the water’s edge. The longer pieces stand up vertically, and the raised letters on their roofs give away their former use.

Type City’s incredible detail harkens the era of miniaturists [9], which coincidentally are related to the era when letterpresses were commonly used to print newspapers, books and other reading materials [10]. Jang ironically uses the remnants from an obsolete vintage process to create the sprawling metropolis of modern times.

+ Hong Seon Jang [1]

+ David B. Smith Gallery [5]

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[1] Hong Seon Jang: http://www.hongseonjang.com

[2] rising building and skyscraper: http://inhabitat.com/liu-weis-chaotic-cities-are-made-of-stacks-upon-stacks-of-recycled-text-books/

[3]  : http://inhabitat.com/artist-creates-epic-cityscapes-using-vintage-letterpress-pieces/hong-seong-jang1/?extend=1

[4] Image: http://inhabitat.com/artist-creates-epic-cityscapes-using-vintage-letterpress-pieces/hong-seong-jang4/

[5] David B. Smith Gallery: http://www.davidbsmithgallery.com

[6] disused metal pieces: http://inhabitat.com/anish-kapoors-recycled-steel-arcelormittal-orbit-tower-now-complete-in-london/

[7] birds-eye view: http://inhabitat.com/18000-lb-mayan-temple-is-the-worlds-largest-chocolate-sculpture/

[8] Clusters of skyscrapers: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/japanese-artist-carves-two-ton-marble-map-of-manhattan/

[9] miniaturists: http://inhabitat.com/miniaturist-jason-daquino-creates-tiny-portraits-on-recycled-matchbooks/

[10] newspapers, books and other reading materials: http://inhabitat.com/artist-will-kurtz-sculpts-lifelike-people-out-of-recycled-newspapers/

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