“Er Xi” (or “child’s play”) sees Ai Weiwei take on ancient Chinese folktales and traditional kite making techniques for the Le Bon Marché in Paris. The whimsical display covers three areas of the iconic department store, helping the contemporary (and sometimes controversial) artist/activist reach a different kind of audience. In addition to the storybook motif, Ai Weiwei incorporates narrative elements from various artistic movements, historical events, as well as his past body of work. Images below!
Environmental artist Steve Messam has built a bridge from 22,000 pieces of paper. Nestled in the English countryside, the structure operates like a freestanding arch and is held together solely by compression (i.e. chunks of 1,000 pieces of paper grouped tightly together).
Of course, while the bridge is fully functional, has already supported over 7,000 visitors, and only gets stronger when wet, it will eventually be torn down. Like all of Messam’s installations, the bridge is meant to draw people’s attention to their surroundings rather than alter the natural landscape in any permanent way. Check out more images of the paperbridge below.
Issue #3 of Sophie Tajan and Angela Blumen’s little biannual paper “Sucre” is out now. This issue focuses on the delicacies of art and craftsmanship and features Aimée Han, Emily and Charlotte Hadden, Johannes Breyer, Marvin Leuvrey, Emi Ueoka, Nina Lilliebjerg-Heder, Anna Stephenson, and Vicki King. Check out more images of the publication below!