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‘Poetry on Land’ by the Grandmother Landscape Architect

JUNG Dawoon

  • Korea
  • 90min
  • DCP
  • color


The Gyeongsang-do girl who tried to become a poet became an 81-year-old landscape architect.

In becoming the godmother of landscape architects, she drew sketches of large-scale urban development

from the Han River to Seonyudo Park, from gardens to graves, using her skills to craft natural poetry

on beautiful landscapes for future generations to soften their turbulent lives.

Synopsis

Jeong Young-sun, the first female landscaper in Korea who gave us a beautiful garden named Seonyudo Park, is still traveling around the country with a hoe. She has emphasized that the source of her work is the nature of Korea. Korean cities were produced under a lot of reckless development aimed at high growth and high efficiency, and she was in charge of various public landscaping projects alongside Korean developers. The landscape dug up for splendid architecture is covered with green; the landscape of Korea, which has been dismissed as quietly planting trees and flowers, has been firmly preserved. The reason why she is still working during retirement is because of the contemporary restoration of the Korean landscape she always dreams of. That way, she believes that beautiful nature will be preserved for future generations. She has proven her skills in front of corporate chairmen and prominent architects. She is a sweet grandmother who sketches while looking at the picture of her 2-year-old grandson on her desk.

She hopes that the Korean landscape will be connected with people in a healthy way, and she continues to craft natural poetry on the ground even today.​

 

Director's Statement

Seonyudo Park is one of the most famous gardens in Korea, whose architect is known as Cho Sung-ryong. Few people know about the profession of a landscape architect in designing parks and bringing nature into our lives. A landscape architect is a person who designs the vitality of natural spaces so that the connection between our lives and nature can be restored. She has worked with Korean developers, including during the ’86 Asian Games and the ’88 Olympics, and worked across the country from Jeju to Paju. From a garden in front of a house to a tree in a cemetery, her work showcases natural scenery that penetrates our lives. She has also struggled to combat reckless development and to protect the beauty of nature, the mountains, the fields, and preserve them for future generations. In Korea, which continues to pursue development rather than environmental recovery, a landscaping grandmother still dreams of natural harmony and plants hope for the restoration of Korean landscapes for future generations.

Director

  • JUNG Dawoon

     

Credit

  • Producer김종신 KIM Jongshin