Bicycle Chain as Art? I Can Die Happy! The Work of Artist Seo Young Deok!

Bicycle chain art by Seo Young Deok. All rights reserved.

Bicycle chain art by Seo Young Deok. All rights reserved.

Artist Seo Young Deok

I’ve always been fascinated by chain. It’s solid yet flexible. Smooth but unforgiving. It has a certain rugged beauty to it. Well, aparently, Korean artist Seo Young Deok has the same fascination. Actually, his fascination is one of obsession. Deok creates beautiful human body sculptures with chain (not just bicycle chain, but the bicycle chain work is the cream of the crop.)

The incredible ‘works of Seo Young Deok are clearly inspired by the shapes of the human body, but artists have been sculpting masterpieces based on our natural curves for hundreds of years. What makes this Korean designer special is the material he uses for his unique creations – bicycle chains. Miles of metal chains, to be exact, welded in such a way that they recreate the human body to the finest details. Deok says he finds inspiration for his art in crowded markets, and metro or bus stations, but also in Buddhist sculptures and paintings, which he has alway admired. “I like Asia Beauty” he says, “so most features of my work seem to take an Asiatic pose”.

-Spooky, Seo Young Deok’s Bicycle Chain Sculptures Are Off the Chain, www.odditycentral.com

Bicycle chain art by Seo Young Deok. All rights reserved.

Bicycle chain art by Seo Young Deok. All rights reserved.

Bicycle chain art by Seo Young Deok. All rights reserved.

Bicycle chain art by Seo Young Deok. All rights reserved.

All of the artworks in Seo Young Deok’s newest series, Dystopia, are very impressive, but the 7ft 6in head called Nirvana clearly stands out. The stunningly detailed human head is made of over a mile of bicycle chains, and costs over $40,000. The artist spent over a year painstakingly welding every piece of chain to create this realistic masterpiece. His collection also includes a human torso that was completed in over two months, and an entire human body he finished in four months.

-Spooky, Seo Young Deok’s Bicycle Chain Sculptures Are Off the Chain, www.odditycentral.com

Bicycle chain art by Seo Young Deok. All rights reserved.

Bicycle chain art by Seo Young Deok. All rights reserved.

Bicycle chain art by Seo Young Deok. All rights reserved.

Bicycle chain art by Seo Young Deok. All rights reserved.

His work has an amazing amount of detail. It shimmers with a life all its own. He finds a way to make the chain look alive. The more I look at it, the more intricate, yet amazingly “whole” the work feels. It makes me wish I could see this work in person…and maybe someday I’ll be lucky enough to get that chance.

Bicycle chain art by Seo Young Deok. All rights reserved.

Bicycle chain art by Seo Young Deok. All rights reserved.

Bicycle chain art by Seo Young Deok. All rights reserved.

Bicycle chain art by Seo Young Deok. All rights reserved.

So, Seo Young Deok, Give Us Art! salutes you for taking something I’ve had a boyish chrush on (chain) and creating it into something I have a lifelong love for. (Art!)

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