Chairs have a connotation of comfort, relaxation and leisure, and they are integral to people gathering together and having a good time. These unique chairs and tables are made by polishing naturally formed furnace slag. Guanyu, a brave warrior famous in Asia, was crafted separately and sits on the chairs. In Taiwan, however, he is more than just a historical figure: he has been transformed into a respected deity. This piece breaks the common image of Guanyu as a deity, and portrays him as someone with whom we can hang out and have a chat.
This is Dong-Hun Sung’s second time at Kaohsiung International Steel & Iron Sculpture Festival. He said that this time, he is here to visit old friends and escape from the cold. His works are all over the world, as he is a frequent participant at large outdoor Steel & Iron art festivals, with works such as “Listen to the Tree”, a work with old copper coins in Shanghai, and “Listen to the Tree” with images of the ocean and the Port of Kaohsiung. He manages to blend his own style as well as local flavors into his works.