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Art January, 11 2013

Ai Weiwei’s “Stacked” – An Installation Consisting of 760 Bikes

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has created a giant installation consisting of 760 bicycles for his first solo show at Gallery Continua’s San Gimignano gallery space. The walk-around installation sits on the main stage of the gallery as a continuation of the artist’s 2008 piece “Very Yao”. In both works Weiwei explores mass manufacturing through his country’s principal means of transportation.

Every bike is produced by Yong Jui pai, China’s most common bicycle brand. The bike’s components and the arrangement of the final product serves as a metaphor for the unnavigable web of the Chinese labor force.

The self-titled exhibition runs until February 16th.

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