Posts Tagged ‘South Korea’


1600 Pandas+ debuts in South Korea this May

2015 at 12:07 pm by admin | Comments Off


After a year under wraps, French artist Paulo Grangeon’s “1600 Pandas” installation exhibit has finally resurfaced in South Korea! The exhibit, now titled “1600 Pandas+”, has been rennovated to reflect the 17% increase in the worldwide panda population over the past 10 years, and features new papier mâché sculptures to match the current number of 1,864 pandas. A new addition to the South Korea exhibit will be the “Mom and Cub” statues, featuring a mother panda with her baby on its back!


The exhibit, which most recently appeared in Hong Kong last June, has made its way around the over over the past 7 years, showing up in France, Taiwan, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Malaysia, the Netherlands, and more. For its stop in South Korea, the swarm of adorable panda statues will debut on May 23rd at Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul, and will afterwards make surprise appearances in a number of locations across South Korea until the exhibit’s end on June 30th.



Hofman’s Rubber Duck debuts in Seoul

2014 at 04:39 pm by admin | Comments Off


Florentijn Hofman’s popular Rubber Duck installation piece, known to visit the water of cities across the globe like Sydney, Hong Kong, and most recently at Los Angeles, has popped up this time at Seokchon Lake in Seoul, South Korea! The giant 54′ duck appeared in Seoul this past week, and is scheduled to remain there until November 14th. The duck’s debut attracted over 720,000 visitors last Tuesday, wooing crowds with its giant adorable charm. Pop-up stores across Seoul debuted alongside the arrival of the Rubber Duck, and carried 5000 limited-edition reproductions of the art piece, each signed and numbered by Florentijn himself. Once the installation leaves Seoul on November 14th, the Rubber Duck will surely appear in another international location, so stay tuned for more information!


Shipyard begins testing robotic exoskeletons

2014 at 01:38 pm by admin | Comments Off


Wearable exoskeletons have been in the works for years, with dozens of suits from researchers all over the world showing off the potential use of these exoskeletons in laboratory tests. Now, researchers at the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering facility in Okpo-dong, South Korea have taken their tests to the real world by employing the use of their own robotic exoskeleton designs at their shipyard.


These exoskeleton suits, which are designed to work alongside the movements of the wearer, was originally unveiled last year in laboratory tests, and has recently moved out into field testing earlier this week. The suits currently allow workers to lift weights over 65 pounds with little effort, and have been shown to be able to life a number of sizable objects including frames, pipes, and metal slabs. The frame runs off of a battery with a life of three hours, and reportedly allows users to walk at a normal pace without obstruction. The exoskeletons even feature a swappable aluminum frame, which can be replaced to carry specific objects or perform certain tasks.

The exoskeletons are still in their prototype stages, and researchers state that versions of the exoskeletons in the future should be able to lift up to 220 lbs. With shipyards like Daewoo already using a number of robots and automated features to ease stresses on workers, these exoskeletons might be the next step to improving shipping times and quality of life in general at work sites all over the world.