Update on Ai Weiwei's Bicycle

Update on Ai Weiwei's Bicycle

Last January as I was walking from an artist’s studio to my gallery, Telescope, I passed by Ai Weiwei’s home and studio. Outside in front of his blue door on the sidewalk was a bicycle with a basket laden with fresh flowers. It was cold winter at the time and the flowers seem so lovely and hopeful in the greyness of the surrounding bricks, streets, and overcast skies. Last week I rode my bicycle past his house again from the same studio and the mysterious bicycle was still there with a different arrangement of fresh cut flowers. It appears that he has not given up on his colorful and fragrant gift to the community, and the flower bicycle is still just as beautiful and rewarding as it was in cold winter. There was one white flower that had been tossed to the concrete, I placed it back in the arrangement and rode on through the urban village to Telescope. 

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