Installation of 886 Antique Stools Ai Weiwei

Artist Ai Weiwei has most recently created Bang, an installation incorporating 886 antique wooden stools for the 2013 Venice Art Biennale.

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In Chinese culture, families typically had at least one of these handcrafted 3-legged stools for use in the home. Many of these venerable stools have since been replaced by plastic and metal alternatives.

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Weiwei was able to salvage hundreds of these stools for use in his staggering installation set in the German Pavilion.

By Alice T. Hellyar

Courtesy of Ai Weiwei

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