Oamaru stone with Seoul

Jin Lee works on an Oamaru stone sculpture in her Korean studio.
Jin Lee works on an Oamaru stone sculpture in her Korean studio.
A slice of Oamaru will be displayed at a New Zealand cultural and innovation festival in Seoul next month.

Two large Oamaru stone sculptures by Korean sculptor Jin Lee will be displayed in the entrance area to New Zealand Unlimited.

Ms Lee created one of the sculptures, Aotearoa, during a visit to North Otago in 2007. She worked on the piece in a paddock beside Bob and Linda Wilson's Parkside Garden.

After reading an article about Ms Lee in the Otago Daily Times, businessman Hyun Choi, managing director of Southern Storm Fishing Ltd, decided to sponsor the shipping of the sculpture to Seoul.

Ms Lee graduated from the Hong-Ik Fine Art University in Seoul in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in fine arts, specialising in ceramic sculpture.

She discovered limestone in 1998 while working as a potter in a New Zealand gallery and her first public show using Oamaru stone was in Christchurch in 1999. She established her own stone sculpture studio in Seoul in 2007.

Ms Lee was commissioned to make award trophies for the Australian-New Zealand trade awards in Seoul in November.


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