You must have seen the works of art installed in front of large buildings.

Such works are called public sculptures.

We started building it to breathe the breath of art into this desolate city, but on the contrary, it looks bad and even dangerous.

Reporter Min-Jun Kim covered the reason.


This is a sculpture installed in front of a shopping mall.

Advertisement stickers were left everywhere and even rusted.

It is embarrassing to even call it a 'art work' because there is not even a guide sign.

It has long been an abomination among merchants.

[Merchant: Without this, we would be better off.

You can also do more advertising, here.

It 's getting a little wider.] Aside from

the bad looks, it's even dangerous.

A large iron ball is squashed on the floor.

It was originally hung above, but the locals moved it to heavy equipment for fear that the pole would tip over and fall.

If it had really fallen, it would have caused great damage because it was a road frequented by people.

These public sculptures must be installed when constructing a building with a total area of ​​10,000 square meters or more.

This system was introduced to feel the relaxation that art provides in a desolate asphalt forest.

However, regardless of the purpose of the system, 4,200 of the 21,000 sculptures across the country have been damaged.

Management is also poor.

Since the sculptures are private property, the primary management responsibility lies with the owner of the building, but the relevant enforcement ordinance stipulates that “the local government should regularly inspect and record the management status.”

Although it is a private property, it specifies the responsibility of the local government for the safety of the city landscape and residents.

However, there has never been a budget for the actual inspection.

In the case of Gyeonggi-do, which has the largest number of sculptures, the number of inspections has been only once in the past 6 years.

A local government official said, "The repair cost is not small and the manpower is insufficient."

[Bae Hyun-jin / Member of National Assembly Culture and Sports Committee: As the installation is compulsory by law, the government

must also consider (must be) a plan to manage it well.]

“We will improve the system,” he explained.

(Video coverage: Cho Chun-dong, Kim Tae-hoon, video editing: Kim Kyung-yeon)