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14 May 2011

See Ai Weiwei's Circle of Animals

Ai Weiwei's Tate Sunflower Seeds were a bit of a damp squib last summer, after the health and safety police got involved, but despite being detained in his home country, he's back in various forms in London this summer, notably with hisinstallation comprises 12 bronze animal heads at Somerset House.

The heads stand around the fountains in the centre of Somerset House and, we are told, are re-creations of the traditional Chinese zodiac sculptures which once adorned the fountain of Yuanming Yuan, an imperial retreat in Beijing.

Their presence in London lasts until 26th June, and your author hopes it is all subversive and stuff. For more information, see http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/visual-arts/ai-weiwei-circle-of-animals-zodiac-heads


  1. Ai Weiwei was detained by the Chinese government last month and has disappeared without a trace. By all means enjoy his art but please remember the artist.


  2. Indeed, free him, and everyone held for no reason.

  3. Hope the publicity helps in his release.