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Ai Weiwei

The collaboration between artist Ai Weiwei and architectural firm Herzog and DeMeuron to design and build the "Bird's Nest" became the focal point during the 2008 Olympics. The iconic stadium served as the center piece of the Olympics with its modern and elegant design. Symbolizing China's move into the international spotlight - elegant, open, modern and green – as athletes, media and visitors from all over the world descended for the Olympic games. Ai the artist was also put under the spotlight, at least, until Ai the activist starting speaking his mind. Ai was warned to toe the line of the party - make pretty things and shut-the-fuck-up.

Update: June 22, 2011
Ai Weiwei Released - several news media outlets are reporting that Artist Ai Weiwei has been released on bail.

TED posted a short film from Ai Weiwei via YouTube. The short is β€œan unexpected and courageous statement about his treatment by the govemernment, social change, the power of the web, and his hope for the future of China.” The video was produced by Ai Weiwei when he was unable to attend TED in person and was released prior to his arrest and detention.

A poignant reminder – for those of us with freedoms - to appreciate the arts and artists.


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