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BIG TREE
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BIG TREE is a monumental work involving the moulding and casting of a 30-meter tree from the Brazilian rain forest. Ai Weiwei was invited to produce a series of exhibitions across South America in 2018. Ai made several research trips to Brazil and on one trip discovered a 30-meter tall pequi tree in the Trancoso rain forest in Bahia. Ai sent a team of Chinese craftsmen to create a mould of the entire tree in situ. The moulds were taken back to China where the entire tree was cast in iron.

Video edited by:
Ma Yan

Quotes:
Gazing at this fossil,
Even a fool can learn a lot.
Without movement
There is no life.
- Ai Qing, Chinese poet (1910 - 1986)

You can never take freedom for granted. It rots immediately.
- Ai Weiwei, Chinese artist (b. 1957)

Music Credit:
Karsten Fundal

Artworks:
A Tree, 2018-2020

Gazing at this fossil,


Even a fool can learn a lot.


Without movement


There is no life.


– Ai Qing, Chinese poet (1910 – 1986)


Big Tree, 2018 - 2020