World renowned Artist Ai Wei Wei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads opened on May 4th in the Pulitzer Fountain in Central Park’s Grand Army Plaza. The exhibition is on view from May 4th– July 15th 2011. This outdoor exhibition is made up of 12 larger than life bronze casted animal heads. Each head weighing over 800 pounds a piece and standing at 10 feet high making each beast peer down to the viewer. These heads represent the 12 traditional Chinese zodiac sculptures that were originally found in the fountain clock of the Chinese royal retreat Yuanming Yuan.
Ai Weiwei said in a statement, “My work is always dealing with real or fake, authenticity and value and how value relates to current political and social understandings and misunderstandings. However, because Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads is composed of animal heads, it’s a work that everyone can understand, including children and people who are not in the art world. I think it’s more important to show your work to the public. That’s what I really care about.”