Forever Bicycles

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei‘s sculpture “Forever Bicycles” was on display in Nathan Phillips Square (outside City Hall) for most of October. I visited it one cold, blustery day and was completely amazed. It is a series of stylized metal bicycles arranged in a pattern…of…?? A pattern that viewed from up close seems to be one thing and then when viewed from afar seems completely different. A sculpture that you can walk through – you can even spin the wheels of the bicycles.  When viewed from across the square, the sculpture appears to be moving, a series of blurred lines created by motion. The exact placement of the hundreds of metal bicycles – so close to each other –

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en masse – creates this illusion.

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3 thoughts on “Forever Bicycles

  1. I really wish I was there to see it in person. We went to the Groningen Museum not long ago to look at his exhibit, “Fuck Off 2”. It was really well done. There’s something about his work that touches you to your core in some way or another.

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