Dosan Ahn Chang Ho Memorial
|Scope of Work
Ahn Chang Ho was a Korean independence activist who focused on educational reform and modernizing schools. He was committed to mobilizing Koreans to educate and raise money for the Korean independence movement. Dosan – Ahn Chang Ho’s pen name – was one of the early leaders of Korean-American immigrant community in the United States.
The memorial charts Dosan’s travel destinations to five different countries, which are organized on five rings that radiate outward from the center; these countries include Korea, Japan, USA, China and Russia. His travels proceed chronologically counter-clockwise until his death in Korea during his return in 1978. Each line represents a specific time period and the extent of the line, which circle it intersects, represents the country to which he traveled. The outer points of each ray are collected to create a faceted geometry in which an organic loop was imbued to generate a shape that represents Dosan’s travels. Finally, the organic loop is given spatial and formal qualities to allow it take physical shape that is a visual urban installation for Riverside’s Main street pocket park while informing the public of Dosan Ahn Chang Ho’s venture.