Circle of #animals by @aiww – #Chineasezodiac Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: #Gold, a group of sculptures by the Chinese #artist/#provocateur. The #installation consists of 12 #gold gilded #bronze heads – a rat, an ox, a tiger, a rabbit, a dragon, a snake a horse, a sheep, a monkey, a rooster, a dog, and a pig – each a representative symbol from the Chinese #zodiac. The heads measure between approximately 20 and 30 inches high and are based on twelve zodiac heads originally located at the Yuanming Yuan (Old Summer Palace), a monumental complex of #gardens and palaces northeast of #Beijing that was destroyed by fire in October of 1860 by British and French troops. Ai Weiwei has attempted to recreate a set of #zodiac heads that were once part of an ornate clock and #fountain on the grounds of the destroyed #SummerPalace. The original heads had been made by Giuseppe Castiglione (1688-1766), an #Italian Jesuit who, while living in #China executed a number of commissions for the Chinese emperor in the 18th century. by magdalenagabriel30

Circle of #animals by @aiww   #Chineasezodiac Ai Weiweis Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: #Gold, a group of sculptures by the Chinese #artist/#provocateur. The #installation consists of 12 #gold gilded #bronze heads – a rat, an ox, a tiger, a rabbit, a dragon, a snake a horse, a sheep, a monkey, a rooster, a dog, and a pig   each a representative symbol from the Chinese #zodiac. The heads measure between approximately 20 and 30 inches high and are based on twelve zodiac heads originally located at the Yuanming Yuan (Old Summer Palace), a monumental complex of #gardens and palaces northeast of #Beijing that was destroyed by fire in October of 1860 by British and French troops. Ai Weiwei has attempted to recreate a set of #zodiac heads that were once part of an ornate clock and #fountain on the grounds of the destroyed #SummerPalace. The original heads had been made by Giuseppe Castiglione (1688 1766), an #Italian Jesuit who, while living in #China executed a number of commissions for the Chinese emperor in the 18th century. by magdalenagabriel30
magdalenagabriel30 shared this picture from this spot in Montecarlo on May 28, 2015 at 04:38PM.

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