3. Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads by Ai Weiwei, 2011

Medium: Bronze

Ai Weiwei's Zodiac Project is a re-creation of the twelve animal heads that adorned the Yuan Ming Yuan Palace located in Bejing, China around 1750. The original zodiac heads were looted by Anglo-French troops during the destruction of the Yuan Ming Yuan Palace in the opium wars of 1860. The Zodiac Project is Ai Weiwei's first major public sculpture, as well as a political prompt for Chinese nationalist sentiments.

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