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Ai Wei Wei's World Without Borders Installation Arrives in Stockholm

A 40-foot steel structure depicting two intertwined human outlines.

Following the release of his long-awaited memoir late last year, Chinese artist and activist Ai Wei Wei‘s arch sculpture — last seen under NYC’s iconic Washington Square Arch in 2017 — makes an appearance outside the Nationalmuseum gallery in Stockholm. Originally funded thanks to a Kickstarter campaign dubbed Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, the arch’s appearance in New York City was intended to ignite conversations around the tightening border between the U.S. and Mexico. Made out of polished steel bars, the 40-foot structure features a cut-out along the bottom depicting the outline of two overlapping figures.

Ai Wei Wei works with Spotify founder Daniel Ek‘s Brilliant Minds foundation for the installation, which describes the project as a symbol that represents “free passage of all populations, and appealing for a world without borders.” After a one-year stint outside the Nationalmuseum gallery, the structure is expected to move to an undisclosed permanent site in the city.

“Now more than ever, as the world is spinning at its fastest and most challenging, we must broaden our minds, share our experiences, and work together to create a brighter future,” says Brilliant Minds CEO Annastasia Seebohm.

Nationalmuseum
Södra Blasieholmshamnen 2,
111 48 Stockholm, Sweden

Elsewhere, 180 The Strand presents an immersive “Future Shock” exhibition in London.

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