Ai Weiwei Installation Uses Antique Wood From Dismantled Qing Dynasty Temples
'Fragments' is a seemingly chaotic structure made from reclaimed wood that resembles the borders of a map of China when viewed from above.
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s installation ‘Fragments’ features in an exhibition at the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. He transformed pillars and beams of reclaimed ironwood from several dismantled Qing dynasty temples into a large-scale and seemingly chaotic structure. Yet when the piece is examined more closely, you see that it is an elaborate system of masterful joinery and delicate balance relations. When viewed from above, the entire installation is anchored by poles marking out the borders of a map of China.