About Those Ai Weiwei Lamp Post Banners All Over

Posted on: October 9th, 2017 at 5:10 am by

Ai Weiwei continues the urban takeover. Aside from new installations last week, the dissident artist also imparted two hundred banners to line area light poles.

As part of the “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors” public art project, the two-dimensional, hole-punched banners that feature portraits of immigrants from different eras, among them historic images from Ellis Island by Augustus Sherman, photographs of notable refugees, portraits by Ai Weiwei’s studio from the Shariya camp in Iraq, and cell phone snaps taken by the artist at various refugee camps around the world.

Good Fences – touted by sponsor Public Art Fund as Weiwei’s largest, most ambitious undertaking to date – will remain on display until February 2018.

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