Experimental Typography was the name Jiyeon Song gave his work, and it is actually an accurate way to look at it: as a poetic exploration of written messages, that interact with the environment surrounding them. The system developed by Song is a crafty one. The perfurated patterns, while being passed through by solar light, create words on the shadow of the floor. The variations of solar light, through the day and throughout the year, form unexpected poetic combinations. Art brings humans and nature together.
If there is a good thing about this work of art, it is the fact that it makes us aware of the passing of time. And it does so in a poetic way. You can't look at it like a painting in a museum, like a catalogue in your hand. You have to lose time, wait. Then you can see the words appear, going through the floor, gathering and creating phrases that are changed and take on different meanings, as the days go by.
Hidden in the holes through the wood, short sentences of a Sijo poem await for the sunlight to release them. The Sijo is a classic Korean poem about Nature and human life. The one chosen and translated into English was written by Kim Ch'on-taek in the 18th century. It speaks about the finite character of human life: in the summer solstice, a phrase about the new life that is approaching; in the winter, about the time that passes.
The slowness of the messages gives us time to meditate about our busy lives, a moment to meditate about the value of Life.
Oração ao Tempo - Caetano Veloso (excerpt)