Ai Weiwei, Forever Bicycles, 2015, Waller Creek Delta on Lady Bird Lake, Austin, TX, Photo by Rachel Zein for The Daily Texan.
Make the Time: Ai Weiwei in Austin
Next time you are out on Butler Trailin Austin, TX, make your way over to the Waller Creek Delta to see Chinese political activist artist Ai Weiwei’s public art installation, Forever Bicycles. The dramatic assemblage of over 1,200 bicycles has an archway through which viewers can walk. The title makes reference to both the name of the Chinese manufacturer of the seemingly ubiquitous bicycles as well as to the mode of transportation that many Chinese people nevertheless could not afford during the Cultural Revolution.
It is a striking work by the internationally-renown artist that the public can enjoy thanks to The Contemporary Austin museum.