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Frankenstein Tree by Ai Weiwei

Roots and Branches

Mary Boone Gallery, Chelsea NYC. Ends ends 23 December 2016

Ai Weiwei 2016 Roots and Branches. A 25 feet high conceptualize tree made of 7 others

Ai Weiwei 2016 Roots and Branches. A 25 feet high conceptualize tree made of 7 others

What it is:
A 25' tree, made from huge chunks of several other dead trees, by the Chinese artist/activist Ai Weiwei.

Ai Weiwei 2016 Roots and Branches. Seven different trees form this one.

Ai Weiwei 2016 Roots and Branches. Seven different trees form this one.

Why it matters:
I'm sure there's some deeper and specific meaning for Ai Weiwei (a huge human rights/political activist) - but last week I was just looking for 2 things: any feeling of hope for the future AND (simultaneously) a 100% break from all forms of news and politics.

And this is it: something far bigger than me, far older than me, and "reunited" from dead pieces of different species of trees.  It's distracting, hopeful, dead, weird.... pretty dang perfect.

P.S. There are a total of 4 Ai Weiwei exhibitions right now in New York, if you're ready to dive a bit deeper politically etc - here's the other three:

  • More pieces of different trees, but NOT assembled, and made out of rusted cast iron (located just down the street here)
  • THOUSANDS of clothing items from real refugees, now arranged like a flea market (in SoHo here)
  • Broken tea pots on the floor (uptown here).

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Ai Weiwei @ Mary Boone Gallery, 541 W 24th St, NYC.  --->Link

 

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