Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has been using bicycles for the raw material of installation art pieces since ‘Very Yao’ in 2008. Subsequent years have seen the scale of his works increase in size and ambition. The works are constructed using bicycles from the Shanghai Forever Company, hence the name given to the series of three installations shown in Taipei, Toronto, and Venice. Like other examples of Ai’s work the repetition of the same object makes a play on the notions of assembly and mass production that are a feature of Chinese industry. The static arrangements further offer the illusion of movement symbolising freedom, a commentary perhaps on the rigidity of Chinese society.
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