Art belongs to everybody. Everybody has the ability to make art.
Not only social commitment but also the desire to make art a more democratic language.
The well-known Chinese artist, activist and director Ai Weiwei, in collaboration with the DIY shop HORNBACH, has created “Safety Jackets Zipped the Other Way“, his latest work.
Built inside one of the stores, and therefore visible to all customers, the structure of the installation is made of steel pipes and high visibility safety jackets tied together by their zips.
Ai Weiwei has found all the materials for the construction of the installation in the shop itself and he has also created a sort of booklet that works both as an art book, inside which you can find an interview with the curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, and as a leaflet to build your own artistic installation with a certificate of authenticity.
The Chinese artist has also made a short film in which he talks about the whole initiative and the reasons that led him to work on this project.
I made this work for the public, for the people who are not necessarily museum goer or an art collector. The meaning can be created by anybody.