AI WEIWEI'S MASSIVE SCULPTURE UNVIELED AT TORONTO CITY HALL

Jun 18, 2013

By Michael Kramer

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It weighs 50-thousand pounds  and now adorns Toronto City Hall’s reflecting pool.

The  monumental sculpture installation is part of a series titled “Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads: Bronze” and the artist is Chinese activist   Ai Weiwei.

Today’s unvieling comes ahead of the AGO exhibition “Ai Weiwei: According to What?.” which opens on August  17th and is the only Canadian stop on the exhibition’s North American tour.

Ai’s massive work  is a collection of 12 bronze animal heads  representing the traditional figures of the Chinese Zodiac and is on display until September 22nd.

The installation of these sculptures is one of a number of initiatives the AGO is undertaking this summer  to draw attention to Ai’s  internationally admired work.

 Ai Weiwei  cannot leave China because of his criticism of the government’s stance on democracy and human rights. 

 

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