Chinese aritist Ai weiwei has exhibited his exhibition ‘Ai weiwei absent’ at various laces around the world, in Taipei, Toronto to name a few. This impressive art installation in Nathan Phillips, Toronto Square was formed by joining together 3,144 forever bicycles.Forever bicycles, a popular brand that has been mass-produced in China since the 1940s and gave many Chinese a sense of freedom and autonomy.Yong Jiu a major bicycle brand in China translates from Chinese to “forever” in English. Forever Bicycles is a spectacular looking piece of art, whose visual effects are staggering.This art piece symbolises society in a flux.
If one looks at the artwork from far, it seems as if spring shaped structures are moving towards the observer, in a constant axes, which are floating through space. Its only when the observer moves closer , the observer notices the thin frames of the bicycles , holding the circular wheels together.
Space in between the structures here are of the utmost imporance, as its the symmetry in the placement of individual bicycles which gives it a grid like effect. The symmetry of the placement , that constant axis of placement of bicycles gives a feeling as if the bicycles have been extruded through an axis perpendicular to itself.
Another aspect of this artwork is the angle of the observer. From the front , the artwork is very much distinctive and clear, but from an isometric view it loses its hollowness springy visulals, but doesnt lose its distinct geometrical spacing. Its like a 3 dimentional grid.