Seoul is hosting the 5th Cheonggyecheon Upcycle Festival together with social enterprises from October 15 to 21, 2019, at the section between Cheonggye Plaza and Gwangtonggyo Bridge. During the festival, Cheonggyecheon Stream, the symbol of recycling and restoration, will turn into an artistic space displaying upcycled artwork that were created from abandoned waste.
“Upcycle” is a compound word combining “upgrade” and “recycle.” The festival will become a venue exhibiting a variety of upcycled artworks that are created by using waste resources and waste materials. Under the theme, “Upcycle City,” the festival is comprised of three sections: Life Up, Art Up, and Citizens’ Participatory Programs.
The Life Up section takes place in Cheonggye Plaza, where sculptures created from aluminum cans are displayed. Set between Mojeongyo Bridge and Gwangtonggyo Bridge, the sidewalls of the Art Up section are decorated with prints and upcycled artworks. The Citizens’ Participatory Programs include making bracelets out of camellia flowers and sponge needlework art. Besides these sections, the Aluminum Can Recycling Campaign and a VR/AR experience center will be in operation.
2018 Cheonggyecheon Upcycle Festival “Ryu,” Comma
2018 Cheonggyecheon Upcycle Festival “Ryu,” Tree of Life
2018 Cheonggyecheon Upcycle Festival “Ryu,” Urban Fantasy Garden