Asia's Tallest Mural Is a Emblem of Economic Disparity
In Busan, South Korea's second largest city, German artist Hendrik Beikrich (aka ECB) has finished painting Asia's tallest mural. The a 230-foot high portrait of a wrinkled, albeit proud, fisherman sits in stark contrast to the gleaming Daniel Libeskind-designed building Haeundae I’Park, in the background.
South Korea has seen rapid growth and an influx of wealth over the last couple of decades, yet there is still a wide income gap. Beikrich's fisherman represents the majority of the population who has not yet benefitted from the country's economic boom and is still living under harsh conditions.
The aging fisherman wears gloves to signify that he is still working into his later years—like many others in the country—and receiving little financial reward. But despite these depicted hardships, Beikrich punctuates the portrait with a message of hope, writing in Korean at the bottom, “Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.”