Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Where the rooster crows, there is a village.

Circle of Animals, by Ai Weiwei.  10-foot tall, 1000 pound Chinese Zodiac heads, Hermann Park, March 2012.

So sayeth the chronicle.  Check out the artist here and here. Ai Weiwei is a prolific artist and ballsy social activist in China.

Houston was one of eleven locations world-wide to display this exhibit. Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads is a recreation (on a grand scale) of Chinese zodiac sculptures that were once part of a remarkable fountain at the Yuanming Yuan palace outside Beijing in the 1700s.  The heads of the fountain sculptures spouted water to mark the time.  In 1860, British and French troops raided the palace and looted it.  To date, only seven of the original heads have surfaced.

Which sign are you?

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