Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Ai Weiwei installation ready to depart from 7th Street



An EVG reader shared these photos from earlier the morning on Seventh Street between First Avenue and Second Avenue... where workers were prepping to remove the Ai Weiwei installation from between the buildings here...



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This was, as you know, part of a citywide project in collaboration with the Public Art Fund titled "Good Fences Make Good Neighbors."

The fences were officially on display from Oct. 12 through Feb. 11. Workers removed the installation on Cooper Union on Monday and Tuesday.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Ai Weiwei on 7th Street

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's art??? And here I was thinking that was some kind of fencing to keep out interlopers. Shame on me!

Anonymous said...

never saw it, was too busy looking at my phone out...

Anonymous said...

and yet another piece of high minded culture departs... what will we do? (and who is paying for this crap?)

Anonymous said...

Even though it will probably ruin my day, I am curious to know what an Ai Weiwei gets paid for this sort of crapola.

Anonymous said...

That was an art installation?!? Wow. What genius thought that this would be a good use of money?

Anonymous said...

I was wondering why Cooper Union looked like a prison as of late.

Anonymous said...

This one should have been left there to keep out intruders.

Gojira said...

No great loss.

Anonymous said...

It speaks of Mans Inhumanity to Man.

Anonymous said...

I noticed that the other day and assumed it was to keep people from walking on that AC equipment. Haha.

Anonymous said...

SO dumb.

Anonymous said...

I thought that was an apartment. Toledano or Shaoul would build one like it he thought he could rent it out. 'Gotta maximize profit on every nook and cranny!

Anonymous said...

I never even saw that and would never have noticed it if not for this photo.

Anonymous said...

I was so happy to see the Wash Sq Arch back in it's normal state this morning--now that arch, THAT'S art!

Anonymous said...

That's my block. I'm not stuck in my phone and I look at the sky a lot, yet I never noticed this except once when I thought it was for intruders and never noticed it again. I never connected with any of it, nor was I put off by it.

Anonymous said...

Love it 7:51....Complete indifference is the perfect response to nonsense.

Hywel Dda II said...

IMHO the best & most interesting part of the Ai Weiwei Cooper Union instillation was the clamps that had to have been custom-made to hold it up. As a landmarked, historical building you can't just pound bolts into it. From street level they seemed to be some sort of wraparound affair that did not require screws or bolts holes but still was strong enough but not damaging to the exterior surface of Cooper Union. There's a REAL story there.

Anonymous said...

Reading many of these comments I can see that it's true, the artists truly have left the East Village.

Anonymous said...

@6:37PM If you mean because we're bitching about it -- to be fair, artists are the ones who are most critical of others' art. And if you mean you got something of value out of it, I wish you'd comment on what that is.

Scuba Diva said...

At 11:44 PM, Anonymous said:

[T]o be fair, artists are the ones who are most critical of others' art.

You're an artist?

Anonymous said...

"This was, as you know, part of a citywide project in collaboration with the Public Art Fund." Does that mean that tax payers' money helped to fund this junk? God, I hope not.