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Ai Weiwei's Chinese Zodiac Heads Now Circle Boston's Greenway

Ai Weiwei’s Chinese Zodiac heads on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in downtown Boston. (Joe Difazio for WBUR)MoreCloseclosemore
Ai Weiwei’s Chinese Zodiac heads on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in downtown Boston. (Joe Difazio for WBUR)

Ai Weiwei's Chinese Zodiac heads have now been installed on Boston's Rose Kennedy Greenway, where they will summer near the park's Rings Fountain.

As WBUR's Andrea Shea reported in early March, the famous and controversial Chinese activist-artist's 12 bronze statues — collectively called "Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads" — are intended "to highlight global issues of looting and repatriation of cultural treasures."

The touring art installation officially rolled in on Monday. Since then, the statues have certainly been turning heads.

Here are some images, including a video, of the works on display:

The "Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads," now displayed on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston, is Ai Weiwei's first major public sculpture project. (Joe Difazio for WBUR)
The "Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads," now displayed on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston, is Ai Weiwei's first major public sculpture project. (Joe Difazio for WBUR)
After Boston, the Zodiac heads will continue their world tour in Prague, Czech Republic, and then Sacramento, California.(Joe Difazio for WBUR)
After Boston, the Zodiac heads will continue their world tour in Prague, Czech Republic, and then Sacramento, California.(Joe Difazio for WBUR)

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