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Ai Weiwei installations open in Austin

Major works by renowned artist now at Waller Creek and Contemporary Austin—Laguna Gloria

A very large sculpture of stacked bicycles
Forever Bicycles by Ai Weiwei
Via Waller Creek Conservancy/Facebook

Two monumental installations by internationally renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei will open in Austin Saturday.

There will be a public opening and free family day with art activities at Waller Creek to celebrate and enjoy Ai’s Forever Bicycles (2014) installation at the Waller Delta (74 Trinity Street, adjacent to the Boathouse).

Iron Tree Trunk (2015) will be on view at The Contemporary Austin's Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria, with free admission that day.

A partnership between the Contemporary Austin and Waller Creek Conservancy brought the sculptures to Austin as part of the Contemporary’s Museum Without Walls program.

In addition to being a internationally lauded artist, Ai has a had high-profile career as an activist critical of the Chinese government and has been held under house arrest and jailed in Beijing in the past. He now works in Berlin and Beijing.

An iron sculpture that looks like remnants of a tree trunk
Iron Tree Trunk (2004) by Ai Weiwei
Via Waller Creek Conservancy/Facebook

Ai Weiwei installations headed to Austin [Curbed Austin]