Ai Weiwei

In May 2011, large bronze sculptures depicting the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac were installed within the confines of the historic Pulitzer Fountain located at the Grand Army Plaza in New York City. It was the first major outdoor exhibition to be presented on the site of the fountain which is situated between the renowned Plaza Hotel and the world famous Central Park. The statues created by acclaimed artist and activist Ai Weiwei, whose other projects have included the Beijing National Stadium for the 2008 Olympics and exhibits throughout the world. Each statue weighed more than 800 pounds and they were inspired by the fabled fountain-clock of the Yuanming Yuan, an 18th-century Summer Palace just outside Beijing. Raise Plow Productions played a key role in planning and implementing the installation as well as coordinating with both the event sponsors and the various governmental agencies to ensure a successful exhibition run.