Friday, May 24, 2013

New York City: Street Art - A Tribute To Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei is a busy man. The Chinese artist collected a lot of awards for his sculptures, photographies, writing, installations, videos, architecture and other artworks (wikipedi).

Ai Weiwei also is one of the most famous Chinese dissidents. His conflict with the government in Beijing attracts wider interest in the global media. CNN calls the activist "a perpetual thorn in the Chinese government's side" (

Apparently the activist also has fans in the New York street art scene. On some streets in the Lower East Side (Bowery, Prince Street, Spring Street) you can find some spray work regarding to Ai Weiwei´s political conflict.

I am not sure if his situation is so dramatic as the murals suggest and that the campaign will really help him. But at least these pieces of art look funny and are an enrichment of the already gaudy street art environment in Southern Manhattan.

1 comment:

  1. This is a great collection of the images we are seeing in lower Manhattan and around town....We have a small team here in NYC working with the artist, and have formed "Friends of AiWeiwei" to raise awareness to his challenges and broaden our mission to promote #free expression via art and activism around the world. We would love support. @friendsofaiww