Given the rapid development of Seoul, there has been a severe lack of space available for public parks. Increasingly aware of this urgent need, the government has set out to reclaim land throughout the city in attempts to reverse this unfortunate trend. One such project has involved the transformation of a golf course once used by US Eight Army into the Yongasan Family Park which opened in 1992.
To further enhance the environment of the family park this international sculpture garden project was initiated. The nine sculptures in the collection were produced by artists representing seven countries: Korea, France, Switzerland, Germany, England, the United States and Canada. Each work was specifically selected to appeal to families and children to expose the greater public to the rich diversity in art and artistic statement.
This is a landmark event in that it is the first time private corporations and embassies in Korea have created a fund for the permanent installation of art in a public space. All the sculptures have been donated to the Seoul Metropolitan City on September 20th, 2001. Needless to say, this project would not have been possible without the creative endeavors of the artists, the generous contribution of the sponsors, the unwavering support of the Embassies and the willing cooperation of the Seoul Metropolitan City.