PASSION. CONNECTED. 100X100 at Korean Cultural Center

Doogaji Visits Korean American Culture

PASSION. CONNECTED. 100X100 at Korean Cultural Center

The Olympic spirit has arrived!

The winter games in Korea are quickly approaching—about 80 days away. For each country’s star athletes, this is their final push to be as fit as possible—both mentally and physically—and make their country’s teams. The U.S. Ski Team trials, for example, are at the end of December. Very soon!

For us fans, we get to settle in and find ways to grow our Olympic fever until the games begin. The Korean Cultural Center has provided us one great way to get ready with an art exhibit: PASSION. CONNECTED. 100X100.

The Helmets

Select artists were invited to design a white helmet. They used the official Olympic keywords as inspiration for their designs: harmony, people, passion, friendship, possibility, fairness, peace, advancement, movement, play, power, balance, joy, drama, challenge, and sports.

We, of course, had a few favorites. The blending of language, organic shapes, and traditional art resonated with us the most. These are the artists:

  • A gold medal for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games
    A gold medal for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games
  • A silver medal for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games
    A silver medal for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games
  • The mascots Soohorang and Bandabi made with mini legos
    The mascots Soohorang and Bandabi made with mini legos
  • A selection of helmets
    A selection of helmets
  • The helmet by artist Jaye Moon with other helmets
    The helmet by artist Jaye Moon with other helmets
  • A selection of helmets
    A selection of helmets
  • The helmet by artist Ran Hwang with other helmets
    The helmet by artist Ran Hwang with other helmets
  • Our son with the Olympic torch!
    Our son with the Olympic torch!
  • Soohorang and Bandabi
    Soohorang and Bandabi

The Olympic Mascot

수호랑 (Soohorang) is the perfect mascot. Its name is a combination of 수호 (protection) and 호랑이 (tiger). Its last syllable “-rang” is also the last in Jeongseon Arirang, a version of the famous Arirang song, which originates from the province where the games will be held.

We Will Be Watching

It’s fortuitous in a way that our son’s first Olympic games will be in Korea—a nice opportunity to see and learn more about the country and culture. We will cheer for both the American and Korean athletes. Go, teams, go!

Ok, time to go buy Soohorang for our son so we’re ready for February 9!

View PASSION. CONNECTED. 100X100 at Korean Cultural Center (460 Park Avenue 6th Floor, New York, NY 10022) from November 1, 2017 through January 31, 2018.



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