Venice Art Biennale 2013 is just about to begin, and what better way to kick it off then with a look at what Ai Weiwei has created. This piece, entitled Bang, features complex towers constructed out of 886 three-legged wooden stools.
The traditional Chinese stools were made by craftsmen in the way that skilled workers used to for centuries. They would have been found in the homes of every family, rich or poor, and were passed down from generation to generation until metals and plastics became the dominant materials in furniture making. The stools represent Ai Weiwei's Chinese heritage and (according to the official publication of the German Pavilion at the Biennale di Venezia 2013) are a metaphor for "the individual and its relation to an overarching and excessive system in a postmodern world developing at lightning speed."