Finally the Nuit Blanche Toronto 2013 started last Saturday night. Thousands and thousands people came downtown Toronto by train, subway, streetcar, and whatever for the 112 art projects showing in squares, streets, and inside buildings. People might find themselves hard to move around at some hot spots.
The Forever Bicycles sculpture mounted at Nathan Phillips Square in front of Toronto City Hall attracted most visitors that night. The awesome huge three-dimensional sculpture was assembled using 3,144 bicycles. It is an artwork of Ai Weiwei, a world-renowned Chinese artist. You would not be surprised if you knew that Ai was commissioned as the artistic consultant for design of the “Bird’s Nest”, the famous 2008 Beijing Olympic Stadium.
That “Forever” is the foremost bicycle brand in China. Bicycles were the only private vehicles for several decades last century in China. People rode bicycles to workplaces, to home, to shopping, to dating, almost everything we do with cars today. Ai re-interprets bicycles in an abstract and symbolic way that represents the changing social environment in China and around the world.
(The photos were taken handheld using Nikon D700 with high ISO setting.)