1. The artists
name is Ai Wewei. One of his works is called Circle of
Animals/Zodiac Heads. He created this artwork in 2011. His work has been installed in the Speed Art museum . http://www.speedmuseum.org/exhibitions/ai-weiwei-circle-of-animals-zodiac-heads/
2. Ai Wewei is a pretty well-known Chinese artist. He is an important activist, and he calls attention to human right violations. As an artist, he expands the definition of art to new forms of social engagement. In the country he was raised (China) where free speech is not a right for the citizens and the police have beaten him up, kept him under house arrest, he still stands today to make a difference for everyone who is facing these kinds of problems. One way he can show his protesting is by his art.
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Based on time for the Principles of Design it does not take much time to understand the meaning of this work, and what it is based on. The scale and proportion of this work is that the statues of the animalsare near a fountain and the statues seem to be big. Wewei uses many forms in this artwork. He uses cylinders for the statues, and many different shapes and sizes for the animals heads.
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According to Wewei the meaning of this artwork is that he was playing with the idea of fake and real, and of nationalist symbolism. Legend has it that the animals of the zodiac were chosen by the Jade emperor, the ruler of heaven, who according to Taoist mythology invited all creatures to join him for a New Years celebration only twelve showed up, and the years were named in the order they arrived. The bull would have arrived first, but the rat sat on his back, jumping off just before they arrived. The rabbit came in fourth, hopping on stones to cross a fast-flowing
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