|The Pungsu-jiri paintings
in the lobby of the
Supreme Court of Korea
The yin-yang twin "Sun & Moon" Pungsu-jiri [풍수지리; Korean fengshui, geomancy]
paintings in the main lobby of the Supreme Court of Korea Building.
They are mounted high on the east & west marble walls. Clouds and four
sacred mountains make the borders surrounding the ambiguous centers, all
according to Han Dynasty "Five Elements Theory" [o-haeng in Korean] in
its directional motif -- the black mountain-cluster at-top signifying the North
Black Turtle, the white cluster on the left meaning the West White Tiger,
the red cluster at-bottom signifying the South Red Phoenix, and the blue
cluster on the right meaning the East Blue Dragon; both versions include
a yellow blotch in their middle, signifying the Central Yellow Ox/Cow.
Above is the Moon version (white moon in its upper-left or NW corner), west
wall, featuring in its "cloudy" interior what seems to be a "Heavenly Horse"
like the famous one of the Shilla Kingdom (painted on a saddle found in the Cheonma-
cheong Royal Tomb) on left, and a bird on right? Below is the Sun version, east
wall, featuring motifs that I cannot really make-out in its "cloudy" interior.
These are a grand modern interpretation of traditional cultural motifs, Chinese
Daoism adapted to the Korean topography by Master Doseon Guksa in the 900s.
They were painted by a famous artist on-commission, in 1990.