October 17, 2013 (Toronto, ON) – World-renowned Chinese artist and activist from Beijing, Ai Weiwei’s new edition of his Forever Bicycles sculpture at Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square, is the centrepiece of Scotiabank’s Nuit Blanche art exhibiton that hightlights 65 independent projects by Toronto’s art community, with three curated exhibitions featuring 44 projects produced by the City of Toronto.
Ai Weiwei‘s fabulous sculpture is made from 3,144 interconnected bicycles that form a three-dimensional structure creating an incredible visual effect by day and by night – watch the video below of the construction of the installation.
Yong Jiu, literally translated as “forever”, is the foremost bicycle brand in China; Ai re-interprets such everyday found objects in an abstract and symbolic way. The sheer quantity of bikes and the diverse perceptions of viewing points create a colossal labyrinth-like, visually moving space, which represents the changing social environment in China and around the globe.
Also check out the film screening of Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry at the Toronto City Hall Council Chambers:
7 pm /9 pm /11 pm /1 am /3 am /5 am