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Ai Weiwei’s Vision in Washington Square, Night

In celebration of its 40th anniversary, the Public Art Fund has unveiled its largest public art project to date in the city, “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors” by the Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei. The installation, consisting of more than 300 artworks throughout the city, is designed to draw attention to the plight of international refugees. Three large sculptures dominate the ambitious work - one in Central Park, another in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, and the “Arch” in Washington Square Park (pictured here).


The “Arch” in Washington Square Park may best be viewed at night, as the vision is so stark. The metal cage-like structure, set within the famous Greenwich Village arch at the base of Fifth Avenue, invites the viewer to walk through cutouts of refugees. The interior of the cutouts are mirrored, so as to imagine and personalize the journey. The arch itself has long served as the passageway between the world of the Village and the larger metropolis to the north,…