Geumgang Nature Art Biennale
The Geumgang Nature Art Biennale is an international Nature Art exhibition planned by Yatoo, the Korean Nature Art Association firstly established in 1981. Yatoo spreads Nature Art around Gongju in Chungnam Province. Based on Yatoo’s experience of planning and hosting international nature art events since the early 1990s, the first Biennale was held in 2004, supported by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the South Chungcheong Province and Gongju City. Throughout three weeks the artists from around the world live together and create their works. An introductive session for the nature art project and other programs are conducted in parallel. There are two programs for foreign artists and IWO campers. The first is introducing the Korean culture, the second is a project created together with children and other citizens. The works of the artists are displayed at Ssangshin Park allowing the visitors to observe how they interact with the natural context.
Yatoo - Yatoo is the name of the Korean Nature Artists’ Association that studies Nature Art. The meaning of the word Yatoo is to ‘throw in the field’; the word ‘野(Ya)’ means the field or nature, the word ‘投(Too)’ means to throw, or to express.
Nature Art - Nature Art is pursued by Yatoo since the early 1980s. Nature Art can be expressed by installation works to simple
compositions created on the natural context. Through nature art, the nature is not merely the target of expression but the artistic medium, reminding that the Korean people have always lived in harmony with nature. Nowadays Yatoo’s practice follows the expressional methods of contemporary art.
Nature Art Park - The Nature Art Park is an alternative kind of sculpture park, where specifically Yatoo’s art is practiced. It is completely created by the Geumgang Nature Art Biennale. The lifecycle of the artworks created and installed in the park is constantly changed by the effects of nature and the passage of time.