(2015), 32 m (105 feet) * 180 m (590 feet) * 32m (105 feet) (W x H x D)
Compact Discs, LED Modules, System Scaffold, Control PCs, Steel Wire Meshes, Tarpaulin, SMPS, Zinc Coated Nuts and Bolts, LED Display Software, Web Interface, and Misc.
The CD Project is a site-specific media art installation exploring the matter of creative urban restoration in the technology mediated era. It aims to bridge the gap between humankind and environment by repurposing electronic waste we have generated for decades.
The Old-Tobacco-Factory, the symbol of industrial modernization in the city of Cheongju, South Korea, was opened in 1946 in the center of the original downtown area. It was a workplace at the heart of the people and provided hope for those with a tough life for 58 years until the time when it stopped operating in 2004. From that point on the people in the community started to leave the area, and city center declined. The giant empty factory building stood in neglect, with peeling paint and broken windows until the year 2015.
The installation was mainly fabricated with approx. 500,000 compact discs collected by volunteers and 30,000 LED matrix lights in between CDs. The massive CDs and LEDs in line were hung on a 180 meter-long and 32 meter-high curved steel wire-mesh that covers the outer walls of the abandoned factory building. People from around the world were invited to gather unwanted CDs and write their dreams on the surface of them. The 27,912 people from 288 organizations in 31 cities of nine countries collected and displayed the total of 489,440 CDs. As the installation was set into motion by the wind, the CDs flash and shimmer like iridescent fish scales. Behind the CD façade, there is a Dream-CD exhibition and a Sky Walk where visitors can read the words. At night, the installation transforms into a LED media façade displaying the selected Dream-messages submitted by the participants.