Beloved Korean Monument Restored and Relocated at the Newly Redesigned Sue Bierman Park


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Monument commemorates diplomatic relations between the United States and Korea

SAN FRANCISCO, October 4, 2011– The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) rededicates Movement: The First 100 Years, also known as the Korean Monument, at a public ceremony for the newly-refurbished Sue Bierman Park on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 11 a.m. As part of the redesign of the park, the bronze sculpture was moved to a centrally-located plaza on the east side of the park, near Drumm Street. After its relocation, the sculpture received extensive conservation treatments to repair surface damage caused by vandalism.

“We are thrilled to see this beautiful sculpture restored and relocated to a more visible and prominent location, which we hope will make it less of a target for vandalism,” said Interim Director of Cultural Affairs JD Beltran. “I want to thank the Recreation and Parks Department for funding the conservation, the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea for agreeing to allow us to move the sculpture and the members of the Korean community who have so lovingly watched over this artwork, picking up trash and cleaning it when necessary.”

The sculpture was designed by Man-lin Choi, a professor at Seoul National University. To symbolize the bond between the two countries, two identical sculptures were commissioned. The other Movement: The First 100 Years is located in Inchon, Korea.

On May 22, 1983, the sculpture was donated to the City and County of San Francisco by the government and people of the Republic of Korea to commemorate the centennial of diplomatic relations between the United States and Korea. Then Mayor Diane Feinstein and California Secretary of State March Fong Eu presided over the ceremony. Formal diplomatic relations between the Republic of Korea and the United States of America were established when the Treaty of Peace, Amity, Commerce and Navigation was concluded on May 22, 1882 at Inchon, Korea. It was in San Francisco that the first Korean delegation set foot on American soil on September 2, 1883.

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