“This exhibition speaks to our inner child,” said Weiwei. “Introducing the fantastic within a retail space strikes the imagination of customers, visitors, passersby.” Related: PHOTOS: Ai Weiwei’s Amazing Chinese Dragon Flies Through the Air at Alcatraz
The process used to make the sculptures is technically simple, since it is essentially just the same process you use to make a kite, which includes stretching silk or paper over a wood frame. But these art pieces are anything but simple. Weiwei employed a team of talented artisans to create the shapes. The lighted pieces were then hung in the store’s atrium, where they look like magnificent paper lanterns.
There are also flat pieces that are displayed in the store’s windows, featuring symbols from Weiwei’s previous work, historic events, art movements and modern events.
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