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A sneak peek at Ai Weiwei's Nuit Blanche centrepiece

Posted by Derek Flack / September 25, 2013

Ai Weiwei Nuit Blanche TorontoAi Weiwei's elaborate bicycle installation at Nathan Phillips Square for Nuit Blanche 2013 won't officially be revealed until dusk on October 5th, but those passing by city hall over the past few days have been treated to a sort of preview as city crews assemble the structure, which consists of 3,144 bicycles. It's difficult to get a sense of what the final product will look like (which is why we feel we're not giving anything away here), but the sight of thousands of unpainted bicycles being fused to form a giant installation is intriguing in its own right.

Ai Weiwei Toronto City HallVisitors to the major Ai Weiwei exhibit at the AGO will likely recall the 42-bike version of Forever Bicycles on display right now. That installation is already rather impressive, so the addition of some 3,100 bikes promises to be nothing short of spectacular. Fortunately for those who can't make Toronto's all night art affair, the piece will remain on display until October 27th, the closing day of the AGO show.

Ai Weiwei Forever BicyclesPhotos by Julia Stead

Discussion

28 Comments

Steve / September 25, 2013 at 10:37 am
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Does anybody else find it ironic that a piece made entirely of bicycles is located right outside the anti-cyclist mayor's office? Ford must want to run that down with his Escalade while texting every day.
mar replying to a comment from Steve / September 25, 2013 at 10:49 am
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no. I think we all feel that way. its rich!
MilaCam replying to a comment from Steve / September 25, 2013 at 10:54 am
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Just what I was thinking Steve. It's obvious the core does not share his views... Dare I be controversial and say that amalgamation should never have happened? The way we are right now a unified vision will never appear and we will never move forward.
Steve replying to a comment from MilaCam / September 25, 2013 at 11:01 am
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It shouldn't have happened. But the thing is they CAN be unified if it weren't for slimy politicians doing their best to pit one agains the other in order to gain votes.
skeeter / September 25, 2013 at 11:25 am
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Are these technically bikes? They don't like look they can be ridden.
what garbage / September 25, 2013 at 11:59 am
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Everything wrong with Nuit Blanche is displayed in this piece. Art no one gets. Words like "spectacular" are inappropriate for something like this. Every year I have been to Nuit Blanche, I have been disappointed. The crowds of people are the real show and its just sad that quality art isnt displayed over the ostentatious crap all around.
Cornish / September 25, 2013 at 12:01 pm
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My dog is gonna Weiwei all over these ... can't wait. :)
ddt / September 25, 2013 at 12:10 pm
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What bull**** waste ....stop trying to be so clever and create some real art will ya?
Rob replying to a comment from ddt / September 25, 2013 at 12:18 pm
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Real art? This is for Nuit Blanche, after all.
Marc replying to a comment from ddt / September 25, 2013 at 12:34 pm
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yeah put some Monets on the street and let people look

or some people with beards drinking beer
Sigh / September 25, 2013 at 12:57 pm
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AI WEIWIEi: Important Chinese artist and human rights activist, who has been detained by the Chinese government, mentally tortured, physically assaulted and generally put himself at great risk to challenge the abusive actions of the government and advocate for democracy.

BLOGTO Commenters: Whine, complain, and discuss their dog's urination habits.

Oh, Toronto. Why you gotta break my heart?
Me / September 25, 2013 at 12:58 pm
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That looks really stupid. I just hope he didn't get a grant for this crap.
Paige replying to a comment from Me / September 25, 2013 at 01:49 pm
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You must be a treat at dinner parties.
ddt replying to a comment from Sigh / September 25, 2013 at 01:52 pm
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whooptie piss...enough to worry about goin' on in my back yard, and your too.....
copenhagenize / September 25, 2013 at 01:58 pm
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The closest Toronto will ever get to a bike rack system is an art installation.
(refer to copenhagen or amsterdam)
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8282/7805272126_fc30dc18a4_o.jpg
Tequila Mockingbird / September 25, 2013 at 03:01 pm
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what garbage = licks Rob Ford's taint
okay then / September 25, 2013 at 03:04 pm
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Ai Weiwei's art is relatively easy to understand, so I don't get all of these gripes. It's actually a pretty insightful/clever piece.
tommy / September 25, 2013 at 03:18 pm
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i am also a angry persone
Cyril Sneer / September 25, 2013 at 04:02 pm
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I enjoy art and Nuit Blanche but I just don't get this Weiwei guy.
jen / September 25, 2013 at 04:58 pm
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Sorry to those who refer to your state of the art Acura as a piece of art. To everyone else, we will appreciate art not as a form of commodity.
Stefon / September 25, 2013 at 06:36 pm
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Suck it, Philistines. AWW is the bomb!
Audrey / September 25, 2013 at 10:43 pm
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Who wants to ride bikes in a Toronto? It's too cold for that most of the time. It's not Florida.
Justin / September 25, 2013 at 10:54 pm
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When reached for comment, Weiwei said, "I call it Igor Kenk's garage."
john / September 26, 2013 at 12:03 am
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You must have a death wish if you're riding a bike in this city....i just see stupid people flying by me every morning. I hope it's worth risking your life for
Steve replying to a comment from john / September 26, 2013 at 08:43 am
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It's only dangerous because of the sub-par state of bike infrastructure in this city, and terrible drivers.
Rob replying to a comment from Audrey / September 26, 2013 at 10:23 am
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Subtle troll..
Jude replying to a comment from john / September 26, 2013 at 11:51 am
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Yes, because us bikers are so dangerous that we asked for the person that didn't look before opening their car door while side parking on a bike lane. Sorry.
d / September 30, 2013 at 05:25 pm
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I was going to say it's just like Copenhagen ... although the people there really ride them! And there's wide bike lanes so it's safe, and they even ride them in winter! I guess we can all just dream ... check out a few of these images ... https://www.google.ca/search?q=copenhagen+bikes&;rlz=1C5AVSZ_enCA521CA521&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=Q-xJUqXzNcKiyAHjuYGwBA&ved=0CDgQsAQ&biw=1264&bih=697&dpr=2

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