Coexistence

One of the four species of cranes that pass through South Korea during one stage in their migration is the Japanese crane, and it is a species that is threatened by human activity.

Coexistence, a sculpture created and produced by City of Busan, South Korea. This piece symbolically evokes the landscape of Busan, a large port city at the far southeastern corner of the Korean peninsula. The City of Busan has placed priority on maintaining harmony between conservation and development, a concern based on a philosophy that keeps the city compatible with nature and ensures that it incorporates nature itself.

Through sustainable development, a variety of habitats have been maintained within the city for species such as cranes. Indeed, the man in traditional Korean costume is performing the Dongnae Crane Dance (Dongnae-Hak-chum) and imitating the crane’s movements, highlighting the interaction between humans and nature in the past. The very ancient Dongnae Crane Dance is performed by dancers costumed all in white, including a tunic with wide sleeves that imitate the crane’s wings. Their black hat evokes the bird’s head. This flowing, poetic dance is regularly performed by Korea’s leading dance companies. The coexistence between tradition and modernity and between humans and nature is a characteristic of Busan.

Gwangan Bridge, visible at the back of the work, is the symbol of the city and its modernity.

The Demilitarized Zone along the boundary between North and South Korea provides a sanctuary for these birds and for the white-naped crane as well.

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This dancer in traditional Korean costume is imitating the crane’s movements. Photo : © Lucie Dumalo

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One of the four species of cranes that pass through South Korea. Photo : © Lucie Dumalo

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The ancient Dongnae Crane Dance is performed by dancers costumed all in white, including a tunic with wide sleeves that imitate the crane’s wings. Photo : © Lucie Dumalo

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The black hat evokes the bird’s head. This flowing, poetic dance is also performed by Korea’s leading dance companies. Photo: © ProvinceQuebec.com

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