Photo by myself outside the Plaza Hotel at 59th Street and Fifth Avenue.
A temporary sculpture by the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei lines the fountain in front of the Plaza Hotel.
The installation is called 'Zodiac Heads'. Twelve bronze heads depict the signs of the Chinese zodiac. Believe it or not, each head is actually four feet tall.
Ai Weiwei is one of those rare artists whose work spans many different disciplines, including conceptual art, sculpture and architecture. Weiwei was one of the designers of the Bird's Nest building for the 2008 Olympics.
In early April, Weiwei was arrested by the Chinese government, for no apparent reason. Weiwei has been an outspoken political activist in Beijing.
The sculpture will remain in place until July 15th, when it will travel to Los Angeles, Houston, Pittsburgh and Washington. Another set of heads is on view in London.
For a review of the installation in the Times, click here.
Each animal bust is rendered with a spare sense of detail.
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