July 2013 - Toronto ON
This week my BFF and I did one of our favourite things, went out and about with our cameras. Our first stop was outside Toronto City Hall at Nathan Phillips Square.
Opened in June and will remain on display until mid-August when it will move to the AGO, Art Gallery of Ontario.
Organized by the AGO and Tokyo's Mori Art Museum, the large-scale artwork is billed as the provocative artist's first major public sculpture. It offers a reinterpretation of the 12 animals that represent the traditional Chinese zodiac.
The zodiac's animals were most famously depicted in bronze as part of an elaborate fountain that Jesuit missionaries designed for the Summer Palace in Beijing. During the second Opium War of 1860, British and French troops set the palace ablaze and plundered its treasures, including the bronze heads.
They are works that Ai Weiwei made in response to a series of works that were done in the late 1700s and taken away to Europe during the Opium Wars in the mid-19th century.
BFF is a snake.
I'm a dragon.