December 02, 2020

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The making of Ai Weiwei’s Straight

The making of Ai Weiwei’s Straight

Ai Weiwei’s monumental work Straight will be the heaviest sculpture ever shown at the Royal Academy when it is installed for the artist’s major exhibition in September 2015. The work is made from straightened steel reinforcing bars, salvaged from the ruins of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.
In this video, the second in our series about Ai Weiwei, the RA’s Artistic Director Tim Marlow asks the artist about the origins of this work. The Ai Weiwei exhibition will open 19 September.
Images: Video still of the making of Ai Weiwei’s Straight. Film maker Amy Macpherson.

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