A new public artwork by Ai Weiwei has been unveiled on Abu Dhabi’s Corniche

The striking sculpture is inspired by cycling

A new public artwork by Ai Weiwei has been unveiled on Abu Dhabi’s Corniche
A new public artwork by Ai Weiwei has been unveiled on Abu Dhabi’s Corniche Image #2

A new public art piece has been added to the Abu Dhabi Corniche.

The new piece has been installed as part of the For Abu Dhabi initiative, which also saw the largest mural in the region created at Al Bateen.

Designed by Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei, the public art piece is the first non-mural public art to be unveiled as part of the initiative.

Named Forever Bicycles, the piece is made up of 720 stainless steel bicycles that give the illusion of movement.

Weiwei was inspired to create the piece due to the cultural significance of bicycles in his childhood growing up in Beijing.

The piece also promotes sustainability, culture and innovation, values that the UAE actively promote and will stand as a tribute to the World Urban Forum 10, recently held in the city.

“We’re delighted to bring Forever Bicycles to the Emirate as part of the For Abu Dhabi initiative,” said HE Mohamed Al Khadar, executive director of the Strategic Affairs Sector at the Department of Municipalities and Transport.

“The addition of this wonderful piece of art and the coinciding World Urban Forum 10 increases the sentiment of this momentous occasion.

“Weiwei’s use of culture and innovation in his artwork mirrors that of For Abu Dhabi’s values and the theme of the World Urban Forum 10, making Forever Bicycles the most fitting piece of creativity to bring to Abu Dhabi at this time.”

More works of art will be added across the city as part of the For Abu Dhabi initiative to help enhance the look of the city in the coming months.

We can’t wait to see what else is added soon.

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