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Here’s a Time-Lapse Video of Ai Weiwei’s Forever Bicycles Being Assembled

The renowned Chinese artist's giant sculpture looks good on screen.

Ai Weiwei’s Forever Bicycles, a colossal assemblage of 3,144 bikes, took a crew of workers more than two weeks to put together in Nathan Phillips Square. The sculpture debuted at Nuit Blanche, and will be sticking around until October 27—but the time-lapse video above is, in some ways, even better than seeing it up close.

The video is the work of Ryan Emond, who has done this type of thing a few times before. It gives a great sense of the care that went into building the sculpture, and there are also some really nice bird’s-eye shots of Nuit Blanche crowds swarming the piece during its big debut.


  • iSkyscraper

    A bicycle art installation in Rob Ford’s office would be even better. They could leave that up all year.

    • tyrannosaurus_rek

      If Robbie had a bike in his office he might not have failed so spectacularly at his Cut the Waist media distraction challenge.

  • DougEarl

    Ai Wei Wei’s installations must cost a fortune. Anyone know where he gets his funding?

    • dsmithhfx

      Have you checked your bank balance recently?

  • Jesus S Aaron Uni Christ Payne

    Ai Qing, Ai alive Ai quing God Ai King 44 alla warning borbidding ding ding Ohlone indian worship the wei wei’s. Ancient royalty or the Dio Gene?