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 –
en masse – creates this illusion.
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