After Lego refused to sell Ai Weiwei a bulk order, the artist began receiving offers to donate the toy bricks. Weiwei has now vowed to find a way to accept these offers, and use them to make a piece for the upcoming show Andy Warhol/Ai Weiwei at the National Gallery of Victoria, in Melbourne.
While full details on the future piece have been disclosed, it is expected to be a version of a previous work made for Alcatraz in San Francisco. The work used thousands of Legos to make floor mosaic portraits of prisoners convicted for their work in political activistism, including Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, and Nelson Mandela. Lego refused Weiwei's order due to the political agenda set forth in this piece.
Lego told The Guardian: "As a company dedicated to delivering great creative play experiences to children, we refrain—on a global level—from actively engaging in or endorsing the use of Lego bricks in projects or contexts of a political agenda."
Read more about this initiative at The Guardian.
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