Artist Ai Weiwei to install fences across the city

Ai Weiwei at the US/Mexican border, Tijuana 2016 (credit: Ai Weiwei Studio)

There’s been a lot of talk of walls recently, but thanks to artist Ai Weiwei, we’ll soon be talking more about fences.

Starting this fall, the Chinese artist and activist will build over 100 fence installations around the city as part of his latest project, “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors,” as first reported by the New York Times.

Weiwei was inspired by the international migration crisis and tense sociopolitical battles surrounding the issue in the United States and worldwide, reports a press release for the project.

The walls will be installed at locations including Essex Street Market on the Lower East Side, The Cooper Union on Astor Place, JCDecaux bus shelters in Brooklyn, Doris C. Freedman Plaza at Central Park and Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens.

“Ai Weiwei’s Good Fences Make Good Neighbors serves as a reminder to all New Yorkers that although barriers may attempt to divide us, we must unite to make a meaningful impact in the larger community,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio in a statement. “This expansive public art project that explores themes of freedom and the power of self-expression is a perfect symbol and reminder for all of us, especially in the current political climate.”

The project will run from October 12th through February 11th, 2018

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