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"Walking in Sadang-dong in the Rain," from 2014.

The works of British pop artist Julian Opie are currently on display at the F1963 arts building in Mangmi-dong (neighborhood) in Suyeong-gu (district) until June 24. 

Opie first visited the former wire manufacturing building-turned-arts enclave in September and began crafting his current exhibition from then, based on his impressions of the city and of F1963.

Four different sections comprise the Julian Opie exhibition, including an exhibit focused on faces, LED panels used in scenes from Seoul and Busan on trains, tunnels, airplanes, a large wooden sculpture depicting a medieval town and even a castle piece that was created specifically for F1963. 

Opie, most closely connected to the New British Sculpture movement, first came to prominence in the early 1980s. His work has been heralded for its offbeat approaches and reinter-pretations of ordinary objects amid urban life as well as within architecture. 

"I tried to apply a diverse variety of skills for this exhibition hosting in Busan," Opie said in a press release regarding this latest exhibition. "I wanted to utilize the bamboo garden, situated outside of the F1963 art building, as one of the exhibition spaces. It reminded me of the Kung Fu movie scene filmed at a bamboo forest. I wanted to express the interaction between nature and human beings." 

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Last entry is at 5:30 p.m. Closed Mondays. 

-Admission: 10,000 won for adults, 7,000 won for teenagers, 5,000 won for children 

-How to get there: Suyeong Station (Metro lines 2 and 3), exit 5. Take bus 54 to the Sangjeong Apartment bus stop. Or, Mangmi Station (Metro line 3), exit 1. Take mini bus 2, also to the Sanjeong Apartment stop. The F1963 arts facility is located near Costco.