Chinese architect, video artist and photographer Ai Weiwei is again in Paris. His new flying creatures have been set up in the cosmetics floor of the Bon Marché Rive Gauche. A new exhibit, titled Er Xi, Air de Jeux, or Child’s Play, will remain open to the public until February 20th.
Suspended within the store’s inner atriums are three-dimensional interpretations of Shan Hai Jing woodcuts, while the store’s gallery features a dragon made from woven bamboo.
The creatures are inspired by Shan Hai Jing, or Classic of Mountains and Seas, a series of legends that have been told to children in China for over 2,000 years.
“We all lead parallel lives in this other world of dreams, fantasies, and fears,” says Weiwei of the folklore-scape. “We must learn to coexist with them, as they are an integral part of our humanity, to embrace our mythology. Children know how to do this naturally. This exhibition speaks to our inner child.”
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