Daegu Art Factory

published by Devon Furbush

Once the location of an annexed tobacco-manufacturing office building, the city turned the space into the center of artistic creation. Establishing cultures and expanding artistic infrastructure are just some of the goals of this art factory. What makes this place unique and fascinating is you’ll most likely never see the same art twice.
Can you guess what this is?

Still baffled, right?

It's a milk carton!! This is just one of the many quirky works of art you might run into here. No one will ever believe that you saw a life-size milk carton.

Even on the way to the entrance, you'll be amazed by the off-the-wall styles with each having its own flavor and touch.

Looks like Harley Quinn's little sister. I don't know why but I feel like this little girl is the type of person to give you a dozen roses... secretly infested with bugs or something.

When you walk inside, the info desk to the left. If you have any other questions you can ask the staff working or grab a brochure to take on your way.






I can't even begin to imagine how long it took to put this one together. This was my favorite display in the museum. This wagon is actually a pretty common object in South Korea. At any given time of day, you can see people using this kind of cart to collect trash and cardboard boxes. So it is often a symbol of hard work and hardship. I've seen people haul stacks of trash higher than me (I'm 6'2). Seeing it laced up with the pink ribbon gives a new life; like the color pink associated with newborn girls.

All year-round, various art exhibitions are on display by artists from all over the world. The Daegu Art Factory is dubbed the "culture and art creative belt development project utilizing local modern industrial heritage."

Can you guess what this one is? It's just a wooden square hanging on a wall. But at this angle, it looks like a floating piece of wood. The shadow is kind of eerie too...











Some of the art displays are original pieces that never go away. These neon people and their pets are all permanent residences of the building.

 










The same with these moon paintings. They're probably the most popular pieces in the building. Be prepared to wait though because everyone and their mama wants a photo of these.

I can't even lie, these pieces here had me questioning my existence. What if humans were pets to cats and dogs? The boy in the box looks happy and content though, right?

This one is obvious. We're all just a walking bundle of ramen noodles.

Next to the moon paintings was a collection of my childhood favorites. At first, I didn't know what the red doctor box was. I got home and looked through the photos and realized it was a McDonald's happymeal box!! This is my first time seeing this toy. Is it a Korean exclusive??? 

Guess what this is. 

Still clueless, right? 

Come on.

How could you not know was a hanging slab of wood riddled with nails???

Out in front are the remains of the tobacco factory that was built at the beginning of the Japanese colonization, and the newly built Sunchang Park. Daegu Tobacco Manufacturing Plant produced the longest-running cigarette ‘Cheong ja’ and supplied cigarettes to soldiers during the Korean War before closing down in 1999.

 People from all walks of life can enjoy the art here. Whether you’re an artist looking for inspiration, an overseas traveler, or just hanging out with family members, you can’t help but get lost on the five floors of exhibitions.

Address: 58-2, Suchang-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu


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