Video: Forever Bicycles: 3144 bicycles installed by Ai Weiwei
2023 Author: Richard Flannagan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-26 05:58
Each new installation by a famous Chinese artist Ai Weiwei causes a wide resonance in society, because this master of outrageousness knows how to surprise. We have already written about his installation "Forever Bicycles", 120 bicycles he installed in 2011 in Taiwan. Bicycles, one of the most popular types of transport in China, have become a real symbol of the Celestial Empire in the work of this artist. This year, 3144 two-wheelers have already become the highlight of the annual festival Nuit blanchetaking place in Toronto.
The installation was about 3 m long and 30 m high, and Ai Weiwei placed it on Nathan Phillips Square. The updated version of Forever Bicycles made a splash: the bicycles displayed in the open space, not in the studio, effectively illuminated by pink and blue lights, attracted the attention of visitors to the night exhibition.
The installation looks like endlessly repeating concentric elements. The artist achieved a similar visual effect thanks to the fact that he used thousands of identical stainless steel bicycles, which were delivered across the ocean in special containers.
Forever Bicycles is one of six projects showcased this year at Nuit Blanche, and Aya Weiwei's installation will be on view until October 27th.
By the way, we recall that the Taiwanese exhibition "Forever Bicycles" is not the only such work of Aya Weiwei, 760 bicycles, united under the name "Stacked", were also seen by residents of the Italian city of San Gimignano.
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