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01 Public Art Fund has announced that Ai Weiwei will create a massive exhibition of site-specific works across New York City addressing borders and migration.
Beginning in October, the exhibition will see Ai erecting security fences across multiple boroughs in New York City. Titled “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors” and timed with Public Art Fund’s 40th anniversary, the project is inspired by the migration crisis and current tensions related to borders and immigration in the United States and around the world. Ai will install site-specific fences at locations including Cooper Union on Astor Place and Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, as well as across bus shelters, rooftops, and alleyways. “New York City has long served as a gateway to the United States for millions of immigrants seeking better lives and has long benefited from their contributions and service in every neighborhood across the five boroughs,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “This expansive public art project that explores themes of freedom and the power of self-expression is a perfect symbol and reminder for all of us, especially in the current political climate.” Ai, who immigrated to New York in 1983 and resided in the city until 1993, has, in recent years, repeatedly focused on global migration through his work.