[By Lee Yong-hwan in Seoul, Korea]
panoramic view of the park/
Culture Deck Plaza on the side of Central Lake/
Visitor Center building/
pergola in the sky garden decorated with remains of the old plant
Mondrian Garden, modeled on the abstract artist Mondrian's composition techniques
entrance of the park
( pen and watercolor, 21 x 29.6cm sketchbook )
Few days ago, I visited Seoseoul Lake Park located in Sinwol-dong, Yangcheon-gu, Seoul. In October 2009, the park was opened after the Sinwol Water Purification Plant, was remodeled into an eco-friendly park involving the theme of water and regeneration. The plant was transformed under the themes of “water” and “recycling” and reused some of the existing piping and filtering tanks. When making the park, the designers recycled many materials from the old water plant facilities, particularly the water pipes.
The park entrance signpost, bicycle racks, benches on hiking trails, and sculptures in the grass area were all made with recycled material from water pipes.
I was impressed by the exquisite harmony of the park's natural and artificial grafting.
It was a fine autumn day, I enjoyed strolling along the Central Lake and sketching various scenes in and outside the garden facilities.