Ai Weiwei is an artist dedicated to create art installations, and one of his signature mark is the way he uses bicycles to create outstanding artistic installations then exhibited in museums or even in city centers.
The pieces are formed of hundreds of steel bicycles, joined to form geometric frames and layers to create art with bicycles.
Like many successful artists, he operates a version of the traditional atelier system, with a crowd of assistants and fabricators producing his work. In this instance, although many of the pieces were conceived in his studio in China they just happen to have emerged some 6,000 miles away in the middle of Europe, courtesy of email, Skype and Twitter (Ai is an addict: in one year and a half period he once posted 60,000 tweets).
The artist says: “These are mostly objects that relate to my small world. For example, the Forever bicycles were a brand from when I was growing up. In our village there were no real roads and we always had to ride bikes to carry things. I thought they would be a good public sculpture because people relate to bikes. They’re designated for the body and operated with your body. There are a few things today that are like that.”
The works are created using stacked bicycle frames, and named for the ubiquitous bike brand that has been mass-produced in Shanghai since 1940. Mr. Ai has done similar installations in various museums.
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