—Demolition of Legorreta’s posthumous work, Gallery Casa del Agua
Construction that has been delayed in Dumulmeori district on the main stream of Han-gang (Han River) will be resumed soon. Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs (MLTM) announced on the 14th that they agreed to create an eco-experience center in Dumulmeori with arbitration of Lee Yong-hoon, the Catholic bishop of Suwon.
The government initially planned to purchase the organic farm complex in Dumulmeori and create a waterfront space with a park, walkway and roads there to recover and protect the environment of the river.
However, four out of eleven farmers who had been permitted to occupy and use the riverbed denied to move out and protested against for nearly 900 days.
MLTM decided to enforce execution of the order on the 6th and physical fight was expected. But on the same day, representatives of the government, Catholics and farmers had a discussion, and finally agreed on the 14th not to enforce the farmers to leave.
MLTM decided to make an eco-experience center in Dumulmeori district like Garden Organic Ryton in England or Ceres Park in Australia based on the arbitration of Lee Yong-hoon. MLTM also agreed to form a consultation organization with the people recommended by the government, Catholics and the farmers.
On the other hand in Jeju, it became a hot issue that Casa del Agua (means ‘house of water’ in Spanish, and a.k.a. Anker Hotel Model House), a posthumous work of the great Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta is about to be demolished.
Last month, Mexican ambassador visited Jeju to appeal against the decision, but the district court said ‘the demolition of Casa del Agua is legitimate and appropriate.
Therefore, artists hosted a sculpture exhibition in Casa del Agua and extended the exhibition period to the end of August to protect the building. City of Seogwipo, nonetheless, sticks to the demolition plan and is waiting for the exhibition to be over to execute the order.
On the upcoming 21st, a group of artists and architects will have a debate to lodge nationwide appeal and discuss other possible uses of the building.
All demolition issues come with conflicts among different groups with different interests and concerns. But the agreement of Dumulmeori showed that people can reach compromise if they move just one step back.
City of Seoguipo is lately causing conflicts on a national scale. I hope to hear news of compromise rather than of the demolished of building.
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