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This Ai WeiWhoops Game Lets You Destroy Ai Weiwei's Colored Vases

By: Allen Taylor - Published: • References: aiweiwhoops.net and complex
Recently a protester was arrested and charged with criminal mischief after he smashed one of Ai Weiwei's Colored Vases, which are said to be worth $1 million. Sometimes, people just feel like smashing things to relieve stress, but not everyone wants a criminal charge because of it.

A digital artist and hacker named Grayson Earle created a game called 'Ai WeiWhoops' that gives you the best of both worlds. You're able to smash expensive cultural objects without any repercussions. It's a pretty simple game; by clicking the screen you smash a digital vase. The more vases you smash, the larger your approximate property damage grows.

The game is fun but the real message behind it is explained by its creator -- Earle writes, "we know that Ai takes issue with the destruction of his art...Would Ai take offense to the destruction of digital representations of his work...?" The game is a unique way to engage thought behind political standards.