Ipsa project Sculpture, iron, pure silver, wood, 45 x 45 x 3 cm, 2017-2019

Cloud is a QR code created on an unusual surface: a chiseled iron plate inlaid with fine silver threads using the traditional South Korean Ipsa technique. This technique of decorating the surface of a metal object is used in the Middle East and the Far East.

I started to learn it from Hong Jung-sil, a master of cultural heritage, during my first stay in Seoul, South Korea, in 2015.

The QR code is normally designed to be widely used, but this sculpture represents an absolutely unique QR code. Cloud is the first QR code created with the Ipsa technique and made entirely by hand. The information in it is a mysterious and intriguing video. The motif of this sculpture hides a brooch that can be subtracted from it. If this pin is removed from the sculpture to be worn, it becomes impossible to access the virtual part of the code.

This jewel represents a cloud, a very popular symbol in Asia. It represents here « the internet cloud », but it is also a key or a door opening on the immaterial network.