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

Date
10 October 2013
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1 minute read

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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Ai Weiwei: Forever Bicycles

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Ai Weiwei: Forever Bicycles

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Ai Weiwei: Forever Bicycles

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Maisie Skidmore

Maisie joined It’s Nice That fresh out of university in the summer of 2013 as an intern before joining full time as an Assistant Editor. Maisie left It’s Nice That in July 2015.

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