PAULA CASTILLO - commissioned metal sculpture UNESCO Seoul Korea
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Blue Flower | UNESCO Icheon, South Korea

‘To flower’ is always in the middle of all action.

In developing the concept for Blue Flower, the first thing that came to mind is the struggle with the un-chosen condition of one’s life that we all experience, the persistence of which sets the stage for self-crafting or transformation and requires inventiveness or expansion.


The concept for Blue Flower was a personal attempt at constructing an analytical memory of a collective experience: the iteration of some generic biological form — that is, to transform time into a set of spatial orders using some kind of tangible interface and relating this past document to the present of a here and now. Essentially the idea was to attempt to arrest time, to stop all motion in an effort to create a little institution to make it possible to access a frozen section of past time while confronting the question of mobility through structural metaphor: a sculptural animation.


The personal objective was philosophical: can we take a closer look at the nature of this motion, its background and genesis? This work reflects an interest in Derrida’s discussion of archive fever: the human desire for finding a beginning, an ultimate source, a stable ground. As well, this piece also reflects on the Freudian notion of the psyche as a system: one that is unreliable in that time both protects and hides, both collects and forgets — in the same operation. The sculpture “Blue Flower” takes this idea and aligns it with the essence of a solitary flower; living its life where it blooms. Through symbolic iteration, this sculpture quietly leads to a sense of the expansion and transformation inherent in a flower.

–Paula Castillo