A man was taken into custody Sunday after climbing Ai Weiwei’s “Forever Bicycles” installation (pictured), a public sculpture assembled just in time for the Nuit Blanche festival in Toronto, the CBC reports. Created by Chinese artist and activist as the centerpiece for the city’s all-night art festival, the installation is made from 3,144 bicycles and is the largest iteration in an ongoing series that the artist has made to date.
“Forever Bicycles” sits in Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto’s downtown area and when officials spotted a man climbing to the top of the structure on Sunday they closed off the area until they were able to apprehend him. No injuries were reported. Barring any additional climbing incidents, the public sculpture will remain on view in the square, just outside Toronto’s City Hall, through October 27.
Ai has been the subject of arrest and police brutality for his outspoken criticism of the Chinese government, a parallel to the rogue climber’s situation that was not lost on one CBC commenter: “So the state arrests a man for exercising his freedom to climb the artwork of a man famous for being arrested by another state for exercising his freedom. Oh, the irony!”
Watch a time-lapse video of “Forever Bicycles” being assembled in Toronto:
— Meredith Caraher
(Top photo via Twitter; Second photo via Scotiabank Nuit Blanche/Facebook.)