Korean sculptor Yong Ho Ji uses recycled tyres in a laborious construction process that can take up to three months to complete. He sculpts his initial forms out of wire and clay, builds plaster molds and, finally, makes resin forms. Old tyres are welded and screwed and glued together. Having grown up at the base of a large mountain in Korea, where his grandmother raised cattle and other livestock, the artist viewed tires and his deep sense of ecological responsibility as interconnected. To him, they would represent the important link between industrialization and environmental degradation.
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