GWANGJU, Nov. 30 (Korea Bizwire) – Sajik Park, situated in Gwangju Metropolitan City, seamlessly integrates media art to illuminate winter nights with the enchanting theme of ‘Sajik Light Forest.’
Originally the site of Sajikdan, a pagoda where prayers for safety and bountiful harvests were offered to the gods of the earth and grain, the park underwent transformations over the years. The pagoda was dismantled in 1894, giving way to the establishment of Sajik Zoo in the late 1960s.
In 1991, the zoo relocated to Uchi Park, allowing for the restoration of Sajikdan. The revival of the Sajik Festival in April 1994 marked a significant cultural resurgence after a century-long hiatus.
The captivating ‘Sajik Forest of Light,’ inaugurated last month, offers a mesmerizing media art night-view experience along an 830-meter stretch of the existing promenade in Sajik Park.
The course encompasses 11 main spaces and 5 subspaces, including the G Tower, providing a one-hour immersive experience. The exhibit is open free of charge, operating from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. during summer and from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in winter.
Drawing inspiration from the historical significance of Sajikdan, a place where prayers for the well-being and prosperity of the country have echoed since ancient times, the ‘Sajik Light Forest’ media art concept revolves around the idea that each person’s countless wishes manifest as stars in the sky, pouring into the Milky Way within Sajik Park.
Gwangju, committed to enhancing its stature as a UNESCO City of Media Arts, has been actively developing the UNESCO Media Arts Creative Belt since 2019.
This initiative aims to bring media arts into the daily lives of citizens, providing them with opportunities to experience and appreciate this unique form of artistic expression in their living spaces.
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