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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 Timothy Schenck.

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

 

Transforming security fences into public art installations, Good Fences Make Good Neighbors challenges the forces that divide and separate us. Artist and activist Ai Weiwei teamed up with Public Art Fund and 883 backers on Kickstarter to make this global vision a local reality, spanning over 300 sites across all five boroughs of New York City. The installation transforms areas of common access for New Yorkers into cages, fences, and other physical barriers, from the Washington Square Arch to bus stations in the Bronx and Staten Island. Weiwei then installed 200 portraits of immigrants and refugees on lampposts, offering a clearer view of those who are most affected by borders. "We see fences everywhere," Weiwei notes, "but many fences you can see through... We should rethink our status as human beings, and think about humanity as one."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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