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    Ai Weiwei: Forever Bicycles

Art: Ai Weiwei recreates his impressive Forever Bicycles in Toronto. But bigger

Posted by Maisie Skidmore,

You might remember us talking about Ai Weiwei’s impressive Forever Bicycles installation in January (if you don’t you should – we made a terrible but unavoidable joke about Katie Melua) and this weekend he recreated it in Toronto for La Nuit Blanche, an all night arts and culture festival.

The piece was made from 3,000 bicycles (compared to the 760 in the original) joined together to make a labyrinthine sculpture and measured a fairly enormous 100 feet long. Judging by its reception it’s still as stunning now as it was in January too, in a fine demonstration of how some artworks translate perfectly to different contexts and maintain a sense of spectacle in spite of their repetition.

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Posted by Maisie Skidmore

Editorial Assistant Maisie joined It’s Nice That fresh out of university in the summer of 2013 and has stayed with us ever since. She has a particular interest in art, fashion and photography and is a regular on our Studio Audience podcast.