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Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads

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Ai Weiwei reaching for the Dog Zodiac Head at the bronze foundry in Chengdu, China, 2010 © Courtesy of Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads

Independence Ave. @ Seventh St. SW
Washington, DC 20013-7012
April 19th, 2012 - February 24th, 2013
Opening: April 19th, 2012 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM

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WEBSITE:  
http://hirshhorn.si.edu
COUNTRY:  
United States
EMAIL:  
hmsginquiries@si.edu
PHONE:  
202-633-1000
OPEN HOURS:  
Daily 10-5:30 (except Dec 25); Plaza open 7:30-5:30
TAGS:  
sculpture

DESCRIPTION

This April, the Hirshhorn will install noted Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s monumental outdoor work Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads, which has recently been drawing crowds in cities around the world from New York and Los Angeles to London and Taipei. The twelve bronze animal heads representing the signs of the Chinese zodiac, each of which stand approximately ten feet high, will be displayed around the perimeter of the fountain in the Museum’s central plaza. These sculptures are re-envisioned and enlarged versions of the original eighteenth-century heads that were designed during the Qing dynasty for the fountain-clock of the Yuanming Yuan [Garden of Perfect Brightness], an imperial retreat outside Beijing, and which were pillaged in 1860 by invading Europeans.