The fact that Central Park will soon be home to a dozen animal heads each weighing up to half a ton isn’t nearly as shocking as what’s happening to outspoken Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who created the sculpture work “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads.”
“Basically, he’s been held and detained by the Chinese government and it’s a very scary thing,” says Larry Warsh, Weiwei’s friend and founder of AW Asia, the arts group presenting the exhibit, along with the city. “I think it’s very important people see his work and know what he stands for.”
The renowned artist, who also designed the Beijing Olympics “bird’s nest” stadium, is a free-speech and human-rights activist. His bronze zodiac busts go on display Monday at the Pulitzer Fountain at Fifth Avenue and 59th Street.
Ai, who lived in New York in the 1980s, had been planning to be here for the exhibit, but has not been heard from since earlier this month. “We light a candle for him every day,” says Warsh. More info at circleofanimals.com.

— Brian Niemietz

(via Hot picks – NYPOST.com)


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