If you haven’t seen Ai Weiwei’s 12 sculpture series, “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads”, at City Hall yet, it’s worth checking out. Weiwei has reinterpretation the bronze animals once displayed on the Chinese fountain-clock zodiac of the YuanmingYuan. Toronto will be the ONLY Canadian city to feature the sculptures until September 22nd, so there is plenty of time to stop and take a look. The sculptures are a preview of the Art Gallery of Ontario’s upcoming exhibit, Ai Weiwei: According to What?, which runs from August 17th to October 27th.
Ai Weiwei is said to be one of the most provocative and influential artists in the world today. He is also a social activist and outspoken critic of his domestic government. He has risked is life to create global awareness of the injustices in Chinese society. In 2011 he was incarcerated for 81 days which resulted in the confiscation of his passport making him unable to leave his country.
This artwork is special because it is his first major public series and it’s a privilege for Toronto to host such an exclusive collection of art. Unfortunately Weiwei will never get the chance to see his work displayed around the world. Symbolically, the zodiacs are on display to the public at Nathan Phillips Square under the Freedom Arches.
For more info: aiweiwei.com
Posted by Emily McKay