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12/03/2017 Special > Special


Something We Unconsciously Passed by

Plastic Fantastic Exhibition in D-Museum


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We’ve now stepped into the midst of a weather that makes us dawn upon a pleasant, warm break-away. Only 30 minutes away from Hanyang University by bus, the D-Museum awaits with astonishing works of art in the name of ‘Plastic Fantastic: Light, Color, Fantasy’. On a wintry but sunny day, News H paid a visit to the museum and had a chance to concentrate on the infinite capability of plastic in this modern world.


Plastic? Fantastic!

The exhibition shows an aspect of plastic people haven't realize.
(Photo courtesy of D-Museum)

‘Plastic Fantastic: Light, Color, Fantasy’, just like its name, shows the creativity within the material we thoughtlessly passed by. Plastic is a material of various household items that are made of anything from bottles to chairs. Due to their relatively low cost and ease of manufacture, plastic has been perceived as a product of an easily used consumption to citizens. Therefore, Kartell, along with 40 other creators, have put effort into creating a new identity for plastic. Through approximately 2,700 pieces of products such as furniture, illumination, graphics and pictures, they have come a step closer to making plastic a piece of art.

This exhibition, which provides unpredictable enjoyment, is divided into six categories. It starts off with ‘The Beginning of a Dream, Polymer’. It shows pure whiteness, the initial stage of polymer itself, introducing plastic into the world of art. The following five categories give various perspectives on plastic, presenting our everyday household items and reflecting the change of trends in each era. Starting with familiar items, they have changed our perspectives on plastic into something unique, such as art. The last section, ‘Constantly Evolving’, has hinted on the infinite future of plastic, giving a lingering imagery as we stepped out of the exhibition.


The world of plastic

Throughout the exhibition, various quotes also caught our eyes along with the pieces of art. The pieces were made for all ages so that the people unfamiliar to art could also easily look around the exhibition.

“Design shouldn’t be trendy. Good design should last over time, until it wears out.” -Achille Castigiloni-


”It’s not true what is useful and beautiful. It is what is beautiful that is useful. Beauty can improve people’s way of life and thinking.” -Anna Castelli Ferrieri-


“The future is interesting because it is not a mono-directional thing. It’s an expanding thing so you can go in any direction.” -Eugeni Quitllet-


“Design is a tool that allows us to reach out and inspire, to touch others and help make lives magical and wonderful.”
-Marcel Wanders-


“Elegance and honesty are two mandatory parameters for any human production.” -Philippe Starck-


“A design career is a process of learning better and better what you now instinctively.” -Mario Bellini-

A Tip for Hanyangians

There were various photo zones for the people who enjoy taking photos in exhibitions. The light combined with plastic gave phenomenal sensations, giving enchantment to the eyes. I personally visited this exhibition on a weekday before noon and, therefore, enjoyed it peacefully. However, for the people visiting on the weekends, they could struggle from the sheer number of people trying to take pictures with a better background and illumination. To enjoy the exhibition quietly and to take better pictures, it might be a better idea to create some time on the weekdays.

This exhibition is held from the 14th of September, 2017 to the 4th of March, 2018. Hanyangians can enter for free by showing their student ID card in the ticket office, from the 22nd of November until the 17th of December. Why don’t you make a quick visit between your classes and enjoy the leisure with the fantasy of plastic?

Plastic is not a one-off material anymore!

On Jung-yun
Photos by On Jung-yun
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