Yong Ho Ji is an innovative Korean artist that has used his early learned interest in animal physiology with his desire to turn recyclables into art. As a young child growing up at the base of a mountain in Korea he was taught to respect man’s place in nature, and his own responsibility to all its living creatures.
These lessons left him with the desire to somehow show the world the importance of our place in our world not only as citizens of Earth, but as caretakers of our environment. Designing a series of art he calls his ‘mutant mythos’ series he fashioned layers of used tire strips attached with synthetic resin, built on frames also made from recycled steel, Styrofoam, and wood.
He begins his creation by following Darwin’s theory of evolution and expands on the concept creating arthropods, marine life, hybrids, part animal part human figures, and finally the human figure. This progress in his art is a statement to the stages of life on our planet. The result is a beautiful melding of modern art and classical sculpting.