• Fri - Jul 19 - 2019

CHINESE ZODIAC – AI WEI WEI’S CIRCLE OF ANIMALS

Ai Wei Wei’s beautiful sculptures of Chinese zodiac animals are currently at Somerset House in London. They are re-creations of those that were made for the Qianlong Emperor’s European Palace. Originally the animal sculptures were fountains that spouted water at the appropriate hours that make up the Chinese astrological system. Now, as East meets West they make an extraordinary and somewhat displaced sight. Poignantly, their creator is himself displaced under house arrest in China.

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