Ai Weiwei Uses 1.2 Million LEGO Bricks to Portray 176 Political Prisoners and Exiles

Once an infamous prison, Alcatraz is now a national park that attracts 1.5 million visitors each year – and Chinese artist Ai Weiwei just teamed up with the FOR-SITE Foundation to unveil a series of 7 provocative installations that engage with the island’s history while exploring the issues of human rights and freedom of expression. “Trace” is one of the most spectacular – Ai Weiwei used 1.2 million LEGO bricks to create portraits of 176 prisoners of conscience and exiles. Today we took a firsthand look at this amazing installation before it officially opens this weekend – check out our photos after the jump!

Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden


Ai Weiwei Alcatraz

Ai Weiwei Alcatraz



Obra de Ai  Weiwei

Obra de Ai Weiwei

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Introducing @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz

Publicado el 13/5/2014

Artist and activist Ai Weiwei and others discuss the ideas behind “@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz,” an exhibition of new work created for Alcatraz that raises urgent questions about human rights and freedom of expression. On view September 27, 2014-April 26, 2015. Learn more:
“@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz” is presented by the FOR-SITE Foundation in partnership with the National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.



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