Feel the harmony of nature, life and arts in Maemuldo! Maemuldo. The island of light and wind!

Janggunbong Gunmasang

Artist Introduction

Mr. Jo Young-cheol was finally selected as our artist for various reasons. 1. Way of working (he used thin round bars so that the natural landscape in the background is not blocked) 2. He is a bright young artist who has been receiving much attention 3. He is an artist who has been making animal-themed works which can be more familiar to the public and since a horse is an important symbol in Maemuldo, we felt like he’s the perfect artist for this project.

Mr. Jo Young-cheol has been working with a 'four-footed animals’ theme and through various art awards both in Korea and international Mr. Jo has been receiving attention of many critics. He is currently preparing for his solo exhibition in Sejong Center for the Performing Arts and an artists in 30s being invited to Sejong Center is unprecedented.


  • Material : stainless coil(diameter 3~5mm)
  • Janggunsang
    • Weight 130kg
    • 1,460(width)*1,100(length)*2,000(height)
  • Gunmasang
    • Weight 180kg
    • 2,600(width)*1,000(length)*1,900(height)

Work Introduction

For this work, the Janggunbong legend (Janggunbong resembling an unsaddled horse and a resting general who has returned from a victorious battle) and the origin of the name Maemuldo (the saying that Mamido became Maemuldo over the years) were considered in deciding the form of the art work. Tourists visiting Janggunbong usually took pictures so the artist decided to create an art work in which the tourists can take pictures by it. So, the artist create this art work with round bars to give some penetrability to the natural landscape in the background. Also, the work was made so that people could climb up the horse-shaped artwork and take pictures.

< sketch during planning level >

< impression of the installation work >

Production Story

< Process in making Janggunbong art work >

The preliminary work completed was opened to the public during a banquet in Danggeum Village and was warmly received by the people and Tongyeong city’s authorities.

< Village banquet and an unveiling ceremony >

The work was exhibited in the site of a closed down school in Danggeun Village for 3 months. Then, for a final installation of the work on Janggunbong, the artist suggest it be moved by the people of the village. Also, prior to the final installation, the artist performed a ritual at Hoobak tree by reenacted the traditional form of ritual and attracted public’s interest.

<Gosa, shamanistic ritual in which food is offered to the spirits in order to avoid misfortune and bring good luck&Transportation>

To secure the stability of the work, concrete base 50 cm deep was placed and seven M16 anchor bolts and 14 additional bolts were hooked up and was welded in place after an epoxy treatment.

< concrete base >

< underpart fixed >

A name plate that includes all the names of the villagers who participated in transporting the art work will be made.