WEI WEI i X HORNBACH SAFETY JACKETS ZIPPED THE OTHER WAY
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For sale is the highly sought-after collaboration between renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei and German home improvement store Hornbach, Safety Jackets Zipped the Other Way. This self-assembly soft sculpture consists of interlinked high-visibility jackets that are zipped together to form a circle, resembling the ghost of huddled bodies. The work references two of Ai’s early works from the 1980s that featured army raincoats zipped together and speaks to the highly political issue of migration and refugees.
Included in this sale are a booklet and 5 safety jackets, which will enable you to create any of these versions. Please note that you will need to purchase your own hardware, such as wall hooks, to complete the installation.
The manual included in this sale doubles as an artist publication and includes a statement by Ai Weiwei about the piece, an interview with curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, and a certificate of authenticity. The artist was inspired by the invitation from Hornbach to create an original work and describes selecting the components in the DIY store as being like “a child in a sweets shop.” Unlike many of Ai’s sculptures, which are made in China, the components of Safety Jackets Zipped the Other Way are made in Germany.
Take part in this public art campaign and become the owner of an original Ai Weiwei. As the artist himself says, “Art belongs to everyone. Everyone can be an artist, or has the opportunity to create art,” invoking the spirit of Joseph Beuys.