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Love Hotel

Richard Humann

Love Hotel
10 x 6 x 3 in
25 x 15 x 7.5 cm

The Korean culture is one strongly based on old tradition, formality and discretion. Yet throughout the country, in every town and city are “Love Hotels.” Many times these hotels are the tallest building in a small town, are always brightly lighted, and often with pulsating neon trimming its edges. In contrast though, guests enter through a low-hanging entranceway that serves to hide cars during the arrival at check-in. The windows have shutters so that from the outside, day or night, the hotels always appear to be empty—which they are never. For the “Love Hotel” sculpture, Richard Humann casts a small monolith from rice. The outside of which has been brushed with white paint. Over the course of time, the rice monolith will dry and the interior will undergo structural changes. Eventually the exterior will begin to show signs of the transformation. Mr. Humann’s “Love Hotel” speaks of a country, and an ancient society propelled into the modern world, and the metamorphosis it is undergoing.

Photography: Rizwan Mirza


Richard Humann • Love Hotel • Rice • 10″ x 6″ x 3″ • 2012


Richard Humann • Love Hotel • Rice • 10″ x 6″ x 3″ • 2012

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