Ai Weiwei unveils latest LEGO work

High profile Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has once more turned to LEGO bricks as the medium for his latest work.

The political activist, who specialises in sculpture, installation, film and photography, has a particular history with LEGO, for his use of it in politically-charged work, and a past clash with the Danish company that led to their change in bulk buy policy.

Now Weiwei’s latest creation has been revealed and once more makes use of what the artist describes as ‘the easiest language’ with which to create his images.

Using an approximate one million LEGO bricks, he has created a series of portraits of Mexican students reportedly massacred in 2014. As the BBC report, the portraits, on show from today in Mexico City, ‘depict the faces of the 43 Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ College pupils who were kidnapped and disappeared in Iguala, Mexico’.

Weiwei commented to Reuters that crime is ‘poisioning our society’, whilst describing the use of LEGO for his work as ‘democratic’.

Picture credit: Reuters

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Rob Paton

As one half of Tiro Media Ltd, I mix a passion for print and digital media production with a deep love of LEGO and can often be found on these pages eulogising about LEGO Batman, digging deeper into the LEGO Group’s inner workings, or just complaining about the price of the latest LEGO Star Wars set. Make a great impression when you meet me in person by praising EXO-FORCE as the greatest LEGO theme of all time. Follow me on Twitter @RobPaton or drop me an email at [email protected]

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