Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

January 27, 2022

© © Ai Weiwei Studio. Courtesy Lisson Gallery. Photograph by Jack Hems.

Iron Tree Trunk, 2015.

Bookmark and Share

Ai Weiwei in Austin

Art by Ai Weiwei will be all over the US this year. The Beijing-born contemporary artist and political activist will build 10 major fence-themed installations around NYC in October, will be part of a Mural Arts project in Philadelphia in September, will open Trace (2014) in Washington on June 28, and currently has two large works in Austin, Texas. Forever Bicycles (2014), near Austin’s Waller Creek, a popular urban hike and bike trail system, arrived on June 3. It combines 1200 bikes in one edgy, out-of-this-world sculpture with an archway that visitors can walk through. Bikes ruled the streets of Beijing when Weiwei was growing up and was, for him, a coveted luxury item. Iron Tree Trunk (2015), near Austin’s Sculpture Park, is a heavy, five-metre-tall project that resembles a hollowed-out, decomposing tree trunk. Weiwei was inspired by a Chinese tradition local to the city of Jingdezhen in which parts of dried trees are displayed in homes. They’re admired for their complexity and contemplative qualities. Iron Tree Trunk looks real from a distance, but its oversized bolts and screws are purposely visible up close.

This article was accurate when it was published. Please confirm rates and details directly with the companies in question.


Post a comment