Thursday, May 12, 2011

Ai Weiwei's "Zodiac Heads" Public Sculpture Stares Down Midtown

Posted By on Thu, May 12, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Ai Weiweis Zodiac Heads/Circle of Animals in New York City
Yesterday I followed my own advice and visited Chinese artist-activist Ai Weiwei's first outdoor installation in New York City, "Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads," which despite a delay and the artist's ongoing detainment and likely torture in his native China, was unveiled last week in Pulitzer Fountain at 59th Street and Fifth Avenue in front of the Plaza Hotel. (A second edition of the sculptural ensemble is on view in London right now as well.) The twelve immense bronze animal heads span the entire width of the fountain, facing north towards Central Park. They remain on view through July 15 (by which time, we hope, Weiwei will be free), and you can see them all in detail in the slideshow below.

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Ai Weiwei's Circle of Zodiac Heads Gets Wet in Midtown
Ai Weiwei's Circle of Zodiac Heads Gets Wet in Midtown Ai Weiwei's Circle of Zodiac Heads Gets Wet in Midtown Ai Weiwei's Circle of Zodiac Heads Gets Wet in Midtown Ai Weiwei's Circle of Zodiac Heads Gets Wet in Midtown Ai Weiwei's Circle of Zodiac Heads Gets Wet in Midtown Ai Weiwei's Circle of Zodiac Heads Gets Wet in Midtown Ai Weiwei's Circle of Zodiac Heads Gets Wet in Midtown Ai Weiwei's Circle of Zodiac Heads Gets Wet in Midtown

Ai Weiwei's Circle of Zodiac Heads Gets Wet in Midtown

While his whereabouts and welfare remain a mystery, the famous Chinese artist-activist has his first outdoor sculpture in New York.

By Benjamin Sutton

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