Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Serendipity II

My second serendipitous moment in New York came when we happened upon this spectacular "Circle of Zodiac Heads" exhibition by controversial Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.  We were approaching The Plaza Hotel when I saw this collection of bronze sculptures, each standing on a post approximately 20' tall.  The heads are about 4 feet tall each and weigh about 800 pounds.

After doing a little research on this temporary New York exhibition, I discovered that Weiwei is the same artist who displayed over a 100,000,000 porcelain sunflower seeds at the Tate Modern in London earlier this year.  I remember reading about it at the time and now know that Weiwei captures attention to help expose the true living conditions and repressions in China.
This is a very impressive work of art and I felt fortunate to have had the opportunity to see them first hand.

For more on this artist and his creations, check out this address http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/art-reviews/8507394/Ai-Weiwei-Zodiac-Heads-Somerset-House-review.html

Photos via Kay Furlong

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