Freedom Tree

Sook Jin Jo

Freedom Tree

Living tree, soil, wooden sitting place

For Jamaica Flux 2007, Sook Jin Jo focuses on enhancing the urban landscape. In an unused corner of Jamaica Avenue, next to Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, she plants a Freedom Tree. What was previously a forgotten alcove is turned into a welcoming meeting place. According to the artist, the Freedom Tree symbolizes social change and the freedom of expression.

International artist Sook Jin Jo received MFA’s from the Pratt Institute in New York, NY (1991) and Hong-Ik University in Seoul (1985). Over the past 20 years, her work has been presented in numerous exhibitions in the United States, Europe and Asia. She is a past recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, as well as fellowships from the Socrates Sculpture Park (Long Island City, New York) and the SACATAR Foundation (U.S. and Brazil). She is currently working on a permanent public art commission for the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department. The installation will be located in the plaza of the new Metro Jail in downtown Los Angeles.