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Public Art Fund + Ai Weiwei

 

Public Art Fund and Ai Weiwei

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

883 people pledged $96,853 to support this project on Kickstarter.

Ai Weiwei, Circle Fence (Powder coated mild steel, polypropylene netting), 2017-2018. Courtesy the artist, photo cc Timothy Schenck.

Ai Weiwei, Circle Fence (Powder coated mild steel, polypropylene netting), 2017-2018. Courtesy the artist, photo cc Timothy Schenck.

 

Transforming security fences into public art installations, artist and activist Ai Weiwei challenges the forces that divide and separate us with his project Good Fences Make Good Neighbors. Spanning 300+ sites across all five boroughs of New York city, Weiwei teamed up with Public Art Fund and 883 backers to make this global vision a local reality. The works aim to physically block and surround areas of common access for New Yorkers, from the Washington Square Arch to bus stations from the Bronx to Staten Island. Over 200 portraits of immigrants and refugees are then scattered across lampposts in the city to show how and who has been affected by borders. "We see fences everywhere," Weiwei notes, "but many fences you can see through... We should rethink about our status as human beings, and rethink about humanity as one."

 
Ai Weiwei Arch (Galvanized mild steel and mirror polished stainless steel), 2017. Courtesy of Ai Weiwei Studio/ Frahm & Frahm, photo cc Jason Wyche.

Ai Weiwei Arch (Galvanized mild steel and mirror polished stainless steel), 2017. Courtesy of Ai Weiwei Studio/ Frahm & Frahm, photo cc Jason Wyche.

Ai Weiwei, Banner 112 (CNC-cut Polymar truck tarp), 2017-2018. Courtesy the artist, photo cc Jason Wyche.

Ai Weiwei, Banner 112 (CNC-cut Polymar truck tarp), 2017-2018. Courtesy the artist, photo cc Jason Wyche.

Ai Weiwei, Harlen Shelter 1 (Galvanized mild steel), 2017-2018. Courtesy of the artist, photo cc Ai Weiwei Studio.

Ai Weiwei, Harlen Shelter 1 (Galvanized mild steel), 2017-2018. Courtesy of the artist, photo cc Ai Weiwei Studio.

Ai Weiwei, Gilded Cage (mild steel, paint), 2017-2018. Courtesy of Ai Weiwei Studio/Frahm & Frahm, photo cc Ai Weiwei Studio.

Ai Weiwei, Gilded Cage (mild steel, paint), 2017-2018. Courtesy of Ai Weiwei Studio/Frahm & Frahm, photo cc Ai Weiwei Studio.

Ai Weiwei, Odyssey 4 (digital print), 2017. Courtesy of the artist, photo cc Timothy Schenck.

Ai Weiwei, Odyssey 4 (digital print), 2017. Courtesy of the artist, photo cc Timothy Schenck.

Ai Weiwei Five Fences (steel, paint), 2017. Courtesy of the artist, photo cc Jason Wyche.

Ai Weiwei Five Fences (steel, paint), 2017. Courtesy of the artist, photo cc Jason Wyche.