Urban Species: Kinetic Lifeforms Created by U-Ram Choe

Urban Species: Kinetic Lifeforms Created by U Ram Choe sculpture kinetic sculpture

Urban Species: Kinetic Lifeforms Created by U Ram Choe sculpture kinetic sculpture

Urban Species: Kinetic Lifeforms Created by U Ram Choe sculpture kinetic sculpture

Urban Species: Kinetic Lifeforms Created by U Ram Choe sculpture kinetic sculpture

Urban Species: Kinetic Lifeforms Created by U Ram Choe sculpture kinetic sculpture

Urban Species: Kinetic Lifeforms Created by U Ram Choe sculpture kinetic sculpture

Korean artist U-Ram Choe lives and works in Seoul where he creates highly ornate kinetic sculptures that mimic forms and motions found in nature. Choe uses various metals, motors, gears, and custom CPU boards to control the precise motions of each sculpture that are at times perfectly synchronized and other times completely random. With names like “Unicus – cavum ad initium” and “Arbor Deus Pennatus” it’s clear the artist treats each new work like a brand new species.

The artworks are so complex each “organism” is shipped with a manual to show collectors and galleries how to maintain and fix various components. Choe tells the Creator’s Project in one of the videos above how some of the works in his studio live a complete lifecycle where they are at first born and put on display, but after time begin to degrade as certain parts stop working. Eventually he raids old artworks for parts and uses them to build new ones.

Watch the videos above to see a good sampling of his work both old and new, and he has a huge archive of videos for nearly 50 artworks over on Vimeo.