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Impersonation Station (위장지) - Olympic Park - Seoul, Korea
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
N 37° 31.051 E 127° 07.745
52S E 334660 N 4153929
Quick Description: This large interactive sculpture, by the internationally renowned, and often controversial, American artist Dennis Oppenheim, is located in Olympic Park, site of the 1988 Summer XXIV Olympiad held in Seoul, Korea.
Location: Seoul, South Korea
Date Posted: 11/29/2011 6:35:53 PM
Waymark Code: WMD79H
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
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Long Description:

This large (26’ H x 60’ W x 60’ D) interactive sculpture invites visitors to walk through it and explore its many elements, consisting of wooden and glass doors and windows, aluminum drum, rotating steel wheels, cables, steel furnaces, concrete base, and topiary trees. The Impersonation Station was originally commissioned for the 1988 Summer Olympics; it is part of the sprawling sculpture park at Olympic Park in Seoul.

Impersonation Station
Impersonation Station
Oppenheim Dennis
미국 / U.S.A.

Dennis Oppenheim (September 6, 1938 – January 21, 2011) was always at the vanguard of the artistic world, exploring entirely new approaches to artistic expression including his large earth works, body art, and in his later years his "machine pieces," of which Impersonation Station is an example. These are large, complex pieces in open spaces. His final works were large public pieces sometimes ephemeral and controversial. One of his best known is Device to Root Out Evil which depicts a country church balanced at an angle on its steeple. It has been documented in two waymarks, one at its first location in Vancouver, BC and then again when it was moved to Calgary, Alberta.

A great review of Oppenheim's life and art can be found in a New York Times article by Roberta Smith on January 26, 2011, after the artist's death at age 72.


A painful idea: that beyond a
certain precise point in time,
history was no longer real. Without
being aware of it, the totality of
human race would have suddenly
quit reality. All that would have
happened since then would not
have been at all real, but we would
not be able to know it. Our task
and our duty would now be to
discover this point and, to the
extent that we shall not stop there,
we must persevere in the actual
Quoted from “The Human Proviaco” by Canetti

Title of Piece: Impersonation Station

Artist: Dennis Oppenheim

Material/Media: Metal, solar panels

Date of Creation or Placement: 1988

Location (specific park, transit center, library, etc.): Olympic Park

Web link(s) for additional information: Not listed

Web link(s) to YouTube or other video: Not listed

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