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Chain Mailed Structures

The Kukje Gallery is Draped in 510,000 Stainless-Steel Links

— June 20, 2012 — Art & Design
More often than not, art galleries are praised for what they hold inside rather than what they look like on the outside (which happens to be a beautiful lesson); the Kukje Gallery, however, can be appreciated from both of these angles. Its exterior has been completely draped in a veil of chain mail, creating a fluid aesthetic that hard concrete could never mimic.

Designed by New York-based architects SO-IL, the Kukje Gallery is located in Seoul, Korea. 510,000 stainless-steel links were welded and ground by the hands of Chinese craftsmen to form the mesh blanket that hugs every curve and protrusion of the Kukje Gallery. Far from cold and uninviting, the Kukje Gallery inspires delight, wonder and a warm welcome instead.
Trend Themes
1. Chain-mailed Architecture - The use of chain mail in architecture creates a unique and fluid aesthetic, offering an opportunity for innovative designs.
2. Exterior Art Installations - The trend of using unconventional materials to create visually appealing exteriors opens up possibilities for disruptive art installations in public spaces.
3. Craftsmanship Collaboration - The collaboration between architects and craftsmen from different countries showcases the potential for cross-cultural innovation in design and construction.
Industry Implications
1. Architecture - The use of chain mail in architectural design presents an opportunity for architects and builders to create visually stunning and unique structures.
2. Art - The trend of using unconventional materials in outdoor art installations allows artists to challenge traditional concepts of art and engage viewers in new ways.
3. Construction - The collaboration between Chinese craftsmen and New York-based architects highlights the potential for international partnerships in the construction industry, leading to innovative and culturally diverse projects.
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