Rebar Indictment

Posted: November 25, 2015 in Art photography, Events

The Ai Weiwei exhibition at London’s Royal Academy fills eight large galleries with artworks.  The largest work is “Straight”,  90 tons of steel reinforcing rods which Weiwei and his assistants secretly collected from the rubble of buildings which collapsed in the Sichuan earthquake in May 2008. A large percentage of the collapsed buildings were schools, many of which failed while nearby buildings survived. On the walls of the gallery are written 5250 names of children who died during the earthquake as a result of substandard buildings.  The work is a silent indictment of China’s construction industry and the government’s failure to enforce standards.  On exhibit through December 13.


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