Cycling History

Bicycles in Art: Ai Weiwei’s Bicycle Sculptures

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.


‘Very Yao’ by Ai Weiwei


‘Stacked’ by Ai Weiwei


‘According To What’ by Ai Weiwei


Forever Bicycles, Taipei 2011


Forever Bicycles, Toronto 2013


Forever Bicycles, Venice 2014



One comment on “Bicycles in Art: Ai Weiwei’s Bicycle Sculptures

  1. Jean
    March 22, 2015

    My siblings saw the Toronto bike art exhibit a few years ago.


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