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Museum Bicycles

Ai Weiwei, Forever , 2003. In the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.
64 Forever Brand Steel Bicycles


Some of you probably expected that my bike expeditions from the last presentations would end in a museum.
See here, a bicycle artwork from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. This installation is a design of the famous Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei.
The exhibition "Megacities Asia" was just closed when Lars and I visited the museum, but this sculpture was still in the hall of the museum.
At the end of the note you can read more about the artwork and the exhibition.

■ Main picture: ◙ BIKES|SEKIB
■ Workshop 1: ◙ Full Frame
■ Workshop 2: ◙ Total View


Ai Weiwei, Forever , 2003. 64 Forever brand steel bicycles
The sculptural re-purposing of bicycles in this work is at once innovative and disarmingly simple. This work consists of forty two Forever brand bicycles that have been dismantled and reassembled into a circular interlocking structure. The Forever brand of bicycle was produced in Shanghai in the 1940s and this company subsequently became the leading manufacturer of bicycles in China. The work inevitably references the once ubiquitous presence of bicycles on the streets of Chinese cities which are increasingly being replaced by motorcycles and cars.

Eleven artists sculpt urban reality
The accelerated rise of megacities—those with populations of more than ten million—over the last 50 years has profoundly affected the lives of their inhabitants. Asia is home to more megacities than any other continent: the works by the 11 artists in this exhibition respond to the political, environmental, and social conditions of their home cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Delhi, Mumbai, and Seoul, conveying their textures, proportions, and striking material and visual juxtapositions.

Make: SONY-ILCE-6300
Software: PaintShop Pro 20,00
Exposure Time: 1/160 sec
F-Stop: f/5.6
ISO Speed Ratings: 800
Focal Length: 85 mm
Date Taken: 2016-07-23 15:51
Metering Mode: Pattern

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The idea is that, if you use the links in the text, you have a full screen image of the picture with the photo in the centre of a dark screen.
This works with the browsers and screens I use, but I’m not sure that everybody will have the same result.

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