13 October 2009

Seven years

A new exhibition by Chinese artist and architect Ai Weiwei opened at the Haus der Kunst yesterday. One of the exhibits, shown in part in the image here, covers the entire front of the building.

It is made up of thousands of small backpacks, identical othere than in colour. The backpacks are the same as those used by Chinese schoolchildren and they are arranged to spell out the phrase 'she lived seven happy years in this world.' These words were spoken to the artist by the mother of Yang Xiaowan, one of the children killed in the Sichuan earthquake in 2008.

6 comments:

brattcat said...

Beautiful shot of a touching tribute to those who die in childhood.

Luis Gomez said...

Great image. Beautiful contrast. Thanks for the story and info on the piece.

amatamari© said...

Impressive!
Thanks for this interesting post!

In Three Rivers, Michigan said...

Very striking - and sad. Thank you for this photo.

olli said...

Thanks all.

J.C. said...

A moving phrase & relevant use of object by the artist to commemorate the victims of the earthquake in Sichuan.

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