The Merge Series presents contemporary art including art furniture, sculpture, paintings inspired by the stone stacks often found on Korea's mountain passes. People wish themselves good fortune by carefully balancing these stones into stacks.
The body is made of steel, and traditional natural lacquer is applied on each piece. Natural lacquer was mixed with color pigment to make unique palettes.
Ottchill is Natural lacquer and it is sap from the lacquer trees which grow in the certain east Asian countries like China, Japan, Vietnam and Korea. Those countries also have their own traditional skill and develop their tradition with this material. In Chinese Ottchil is known as qui and Japanese as Urushi. Ott has been used for over 2000 years, the oldest lacquered artifacts excavated can be dated back to 4th century BC.
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Ottchil can be applied on various materials such as wood, ceramic, plastic and paper among many others. After several layers of lacquer the surface becomes not only smooth and shiny, but also durable and waterproof.