As a Londoner I feel very lucky to live in a city full of incredible galleries and museums. Whilst I don't think of myself as an art buff in the slightest, it's something I have a developed a keen interest in over the years. One of the best things about the museums in London is that they're free, something not many major capitals can boast. I think this is wonderful. Quite frankly, most cities should take note because art should be enjoyed by everyone and not just those who can afford it. No wonder art has the reputation of only being accessible to the wealthy. In London, and the UK as a whole, there is so much art of offer for free that absolutely anyone can stroll on into a gallery to check out world class paintings.
But I digress. I try to visit an exhibition or two most weeks and whilst temporary shows usually incur an entrance free there's still plenty of free gems to be found around the city.
Something that grabbed my attention a couple of weekends ago was Floating Dreams by Ik-Joong Kang. Found on the River Thames by Millennium Bridge, this cube shaped structure represents the millions of people displaced and divided by the Korean War. The cube is illuminated from within its core and is constructed from 500 drawings made by people who fled from North to South Korea during the war, a poignant symbol of hope for the reunification of North and South Korea.
Whilst it was hard for me to see the drawings in great detail due to my terrible eyesight, the sentiment of this installations still had a touching effect on me. The beacon of light the cube creates is akin to a worldwide sign of peace and whilst there is so much turmoil between to two countries, maybe one day they will find a way to co-exist peacefully and many lost families can reunite.
The installation is will be in its current location until Friday 30th September and if you're around London I really do urge you to visit. It's found right next to the Tate Modern which is handy because there's a really interesting Georgia O'Keeffe exhibition on that I also recommend. I took the below picture from the new Switch House extension at the Tate Modern. It has an incredible viewing deck on the 10th floor and the best thing about it is that it's completely free.
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Floating Dreams from Switch House at Tate Modern