In Hwan-ho Park in Pohang is the Space Walk. This is a sculpture which had its completion ceremony in 2021, and has become a symbol for Pohang, the city of iron and light. The Space Walk is the first and largest experiential staircase sculpture in Korea.
The Space Walk has the dual meaning of leaving the spacecraft and swimming in space and this represents space or movement, as well as the act of walking in a high floating curved work can experience swimming in space. Some of the section of the sculpture are blocked for being too dangerous to climb, but others can be climbed directly and safely. The track length of the spacewalk is 333 meters long, and the total number of stairs is 717. The height of this work is 18.2 meters, 18.3 meters, and 24.6 meters. The design of the Space Walk was created by German artists Heike Mutter and Ulrich Genth.
The Space Walk includes a total of three concepts. The first is the song of light and iron. Pohang City and POSCO are united to symbolize the future of sustainable development and from a symbiosis. The second concept is "walking slowly." It is a slow aesthetic created by scenery, people, technology and art that provides new scenery from the 360-degree view on top of the Space Walk. Finally, "cloud." This concept is experienced when one walks on the top on the top of this artwork as though they were walking on a cloud.
The spacewalk is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays from March to November, and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on holidays. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays from December to February, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on holidays. The number of visitors is limited to 150 at a time, and the admission fee is free. If the weather is bad, access may be restricted. There is no need to reserve a space walk separately.
Pohang Museum of Steel Art
The Pohang Museum of Steel Art, which opened in 2009, is also located in Hwan-ho Park. The Pohang Museum of Steel Art is the only steel art museum in the world and focuses on the Steel Art collection and exhibition planning. The identity of the Pohang Museum of Steel Art is to open the era of new ironware under the theme of the historical and cultural identity of the Pohang region.
A total of three exhibitions are being held from May 24th to September 12th. The first exhibition is SONG YUNG-SU: THEETERNAL HUMAN. Song Yung-Su is a first generation abstract sculptor who has created his own world of sculpture by exploring the possibility of iron-welded sculpture in the history of modern Korean sculpture. The exhibition features an exhibition of Song Yung-su's life. The second exhibition is Jang Doo-gon's Still Life exhibition, and is be held at Cho Hong and Jang Doo-gon's educational experience exhibition. This exhibition was prepared in the form of an educational experience exhibition so that visitors can take the initiative and appreciate his works and understand his art in general. The last exhibition is Shim Yoon: Abyss for ALL. This is an exhibition that shows the image of the SIMCITY series, which shows the modern human psychology of the city, mainly by unspecified people, and changes in the perspective of the artist.
The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. April to October, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. November to March. Admission is allowed up to 30 minutes before the end of the viewing. The museum is closed every Monday, Lunar New Year, Chuseok, and exhibition preparation period. The Dorcent Tour runs at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on weekends. There is no additional admission fee, however the admission fee may be added on certain regular hours.
This place allows people to see the beautiful scenery of Pohang and various exhibitions in the museum. Pohang, a city with many attractions, including space work and the Pohang Museum of Steel Art, is a good place for students to visit during their vacation.