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Wooden Ball

Ai Weiwei

3.10 - 15.11, 2015


 “Wooden Ball” is part of the work of Ai Weiwei’s “Divina Proportione”.  Created in 2004, the series has 9 different sizes and materials, including rosewood, stain and copper, etc.  Prior to the creation of the series, Ai Weiwei produced artworks transformed from traditional Chinese architecture and furniture, such as the representative work “Map of China”, “Fragment”, and the recent work “Wang Family Ancestral Hall” and so on.


The idea of Ai Weiwei’s “Wooden Ball” originated from a plastic ball toy belonging to his cat in his workshop. Each of these abstract-and-simple-looking wooden balls is enlarged in the Chinese traditional furniture’s way of production and constructed by the complex intricate joining methods. Each wooden ball took one year time in making, which was spent in exploring the ideal relationship of each component structure to demonstrate the perfect relationship between its shape and ratio, structure and texture. The artworks are made and constructed in an organized way, combining the classic geometric pattern together with Chinese traditional furniture craftsmanship. Reforming their physical pattern, Ai Weiwei has granted the wooden balls with the attribute and meaning of ambiguity and weirdness to present a fleeting and uncertain sense.

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F Size

F Size

Huali Wood (Rosewood) 130 x 130 x 130 cm 2011



wooden ball 68 x 68 x 68 cm 2010





b.1957  Beijing, China


Ai Weiwei is a Chinese Contemporary artist and activist. Ai collaborated with Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron as the artistic consultant on the Beijing National Stadium for the 2008 Olympics. As a political activist, he has been highly and openly critical of the Chinese Government's stance on democracy and human rights. He has investigated government corruption and cover-ups, in particular the Sichuan schools corruption scandal following the collapse of so-called "tofu-dreg schools" in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. In 2011, following his arrest at Beijing Capital International Airport on 3 April, he was held for 81 days without any official charges being filed; officials alluded to their allegations of "economic crimes".


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