Jun 18, 2013
By Michael Kramer
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.