Ai Weiwei, Blossom, 2014 Detail of installation at Alcatraz Hospital

Ai Weiwei

San Francisco

Alcatraz Island

Ai Weiwei’s “@Large” exhibition (on view through April 26, 2015) features seven new site-specific installations situated in four buildings on Alcatraz Island. A steep and rocky island at the mouth of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz measures only about 1,575 feet by 590 feet. During its long history, it has served as a military fort during the Civil War, as a maximum-security federal penitentiary from 1934 to 1963, and as a site of Native American protests and occupations from 1964 to 1971. In 1972, it was designated part of the Golden Gate National Parks Conser­vancy, managed by the National Park Service (NPS). This first-ever art exhibition at Alcatraz works within the restrictions of a historic national park and a protected site for nesting seabirds…see the entire review in the print version of April’s Sculpture magazine.
Ai Weiwei, With Wind, 2014.