June 25, 2013

Ai Weiwei Heads in TO!

Ai Weiwei has turned many heads with his grand art installations.

The Perky Rooster

An artist and activist, his work portrays bold political issues--attracting admirers as well as the Chinese government which tends to get himself into little bits of trouble...

The Dog Chaser
The Fiery Dragon

That aside, I'm thrilled to see a real piece of his in person! The 12 heads (representing each animal in the Chinese zodiac) are circled within the pool infront of Nathan Phillips Square. The detailing is unexpectedly intricate and twists down the pole that supports it, then flows into the flat, circular base, that looked to me like a large lily pad.

The Arc-eating Ram

The heads stood tall and proud. There were some great angles against the concrete arches and surrounding buildings. Up close, their beady eyes, flaring nostrils and toothy grins looked humorously animated. I paid special attention to my fellow rabbit friend. Then finding higher ground to take a downward shot of the full pool... I was impressed to find Mr. Rabbit was centre stage :)

The Centred Rabbit!

Ai Weiwei: According to What? will be at the AGO this August. Are you going?

Snake Skin


  1. The pigeon in photo number two is AMAZING!

    Loved all these pics, thank you!

  2. Thanks Marsha--I was really happy to capture that bird!