Ai Weiwei’s citywide public artwork venture Good Fences Make Good Neighbors can be formally unveiled on October 12, marking the start of its 4 month keep of set up all through metropolis. However the complexity and huge scope of the undertaking signifies that most of it—from main sculptural installations in Washington Sq. and Central parks to smaller installations at some bus shelters to lamppost banners—are already in place.
Taken collectively, the installations handle rising hostility in the direction of immigrants, the rise of nationalism all through the world, and the rising refugee disaster. The venture is put in on each private and non-private websites, in addition to on bus shelters in Downtown Brooklyn, Harlem, and The Bronx. It is going to additionally seem as documentary pictures and portraits on lampposts, LinkNYC kiosks, and newsstands all through the 5 boroughs.
“New York Metropolis’s immigrant communities have needed to faucet into deep wells of resilience to beat obstacles and battle for place and belonging,” Bitta Mostofi, the appearing commissioner of the Mayor’s Workplace of Immigrant Affairs, stated in a press release addressing the challenge. “These works will cease New Yorkers of their paths and invite reflection on the obstacles that divide us.” It’s about time.