Visit the newest downtown art installation just steps from the 70 Rainey site. Open Daily, Sunrise to Sunset
Presented by Waller Creek Conservancy and The Contemporary Austin
The free outdoor, art installation Forever Bicycles (2014), by Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei, is now open daily at the Waller Delta (74 Trinity, adjacent to the Boathouse).
Conceptual artist Ai Weiwei is considered one of the most important and influential artists working today and one of the leading cultural figures of his generation. This sculpture takes as its subject the Forever brand bicycle, once ubiquitous on the streets of Beijing. A means of not only transportation but also social mobility and a coveted luxury item when the artist was growing up in China, in contemporary times the Forever bicycle has given way to aspirations of car ownership. Given this context, the installation here imparts poignant commentary through 1,200 of these nostalgic objects assembled into a gorgeous, dizzying sculpture, whose wheels are now frozen in perpetual cycle.