The South Korean boy band has launched “Connect, BTS,” a global public art project involving 22 artists across five cities: London, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Seoul and New York.
Gormley’s project, made of around 60 feet of aluminum tubing, will be unveiled in February at a converted pier in New York’s Brooklyn Bridge Park.
British artist Antony Gormley speaks as a monitor live-streams South Korean boyband BTS during the launch of the global public art project “Connect, BTS,” at Serpentine Gallery in London on January 14, 2020. Credit: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/AFP via Getty Images
The first of five major installations opened Tuesday at London’s Serpentine Galleries, and features a digital installation by Danish artist Jakob Kudsk Steensen. Entitled “Carthasis,” the work takes audiences on a virtual journey through an imagined forest that Steensen 3-D scanned.
“I hope that in the future we become more and more, kind of spiritual creatures with technology as a way of connecting to natural environments,” Steensen told BTS in a short video clip posted on the project’s website.
Another project is set to open Wednesday in Berlin, while artworks in Buenos Aires and Seoul will be unveiled later this month.
BTS has attracted a global fan base in recent years, winning a number of major awards and setting music industry records.
The band is also known for working cultural references into its music. The title of the group’s 2019 album “Map of the Soul: Persona,” for instance, alludes to the work of psychiatrist Carl Jung. BTS fans — known as ARMY — pore over the band’s music videos, dissecting the visuals to find possible hidden meanings.
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Top image: BTS performing on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” in September 2018.