Folks at the Public Art Fund, which commissioned the project titled Ai Weiwei: Good Fences Make Good Neighbors have been working on the installations this week, and they will officially debut to the public on October 12.
Other locations in NYC where you can spot Ai Weiwei’s work include the Doris C. Freedman Plaza in Central Park, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Cooper Union, and Essex Street Market among several other spots. The Public Art Fund has a full list of the sites up on their website.
The project is a comment on the increasing hostility towards immigrants and the rise of nationalism throughout the world, and the artist himself was at Washington Square Park yesterday and earlier today sharing images of the installation, and historic photos from past protests held under the arch.
The particular installation under the Washington Square Arch elicited protests from some local residents who complained that it would displace their Christmas Tree. The local community board however sided with Ai Weiwei and the Public Art Fund and allowed the project to move forward.
Here now are a few more glimpses of the installation under the arch. You can walk through it starting October 12, and the installation will be in place until February 11, 2018.