Ai Weiwei sculpture heads to London

Ai Weiwei The installation will also visit New York and Los Angeles

Related Stories

Ai Weiwei's first outdoor public sculpture is to go on display in the courtyard of London's Somerset House.

The Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads is made up of 12 monumental bronze animal heads, inspired by traditional Chinese zodiac sculptures.

They are found on the fountain-clock of an 18th Century royal retreat near Beijing, called Yuanming Yuan.

Weiwei recently filled the Tate Modern's turbine hall with 100 million porcelain sunflower seeds.

His new exhibition will be the first contemporary sculpture to go on display in Somerset House's courtyard.

Each huge head, measuring 4ft x 3ft (1.2m x 90cm) will be installed in an arc around the Edmond J Safra Fountain Court, similar to how they were originally displayed.

Somerset House is the first European venue for the touring exhibition and will play host to the installation from 12 May until 26 June.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More Entertainment & Arts stories



  • NS Savannah, 1962Nuclear dream

    The ship that totally failed to change the world

  • Irvine WelshScots missed

    Five famous Scots who can't vote in the Scottish referendum

  • Espresso cup7 days quiz

    Which city serves the strongest cup of coffee?

  • Glasgow 2014 quaichs and medalsQuaich guide

    What do the Scottish gifts given to Games medallists symbolise?

  • Malaysian plane wreckage in UkraineFlight risk

    How odd is it for three planes to crash in eight days?

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.