Ai Weiwei show at Royal Academy to house heaviest sculpture
16 June 2015
From the section Entertainment & Arts
Ai Weiwei in his studio in Caochangdi, Beijing, taken in April 2015
A monumental work by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei will be the heaviest sculpture ever shown at the Royal Academy of Arts.
The 90-tonne installation, entitled Straight, is made from steel rods from buildings damaged in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.
It forms part of a major retrospective of Ai’s work opening at the Academy in London in September.
The show is being mounted in Ai’s absence, since he cannot leave China.
Following the Sichuan quake, Ai collected some 200 tonnes of twisted steel rods destined for recycling. They were straightened by hand in his studio in Beijing and returned to the form they would have been in before they were bent by the earthquake.
The resulting artwork is described by the RA as “a sober monument to the victims of the earthquake”.
Straight (2008–12) is made from steel rods from buildings damaged in an earthquake
In a statement, Ai said he was “honoured” to have the chance to exhibit at the Royal Academy.
“I’m very happy to be a part of it. This exhibition is my first major survey in London, a city I greatly admire. The …read more
Source:: BBC Entertainment