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He Xiangyu Creates a Shocking Life-Like Sculpture of Ai Weiwei

By: Meghan Young - Published: Nov 6, 2011 • References: abc.net.au and neatorama
Although Ai Weiwei is known for sending powerful, often political messages through his art, he now serves that same purpose in a very different manner, as artist He Xiangyu has created Weiwei's likeness, except in a more lifeless way. So convincing was He Xiangyu's comatose sculpture of Chinese activist and dissident Weiwei, that multiple people actually called the police to report the “dead body.”

Displayed in front of large glass windows at an art gallery in a small German town, Bad Ems, He Xiangyu's dead-looking Ai Weiwei sculpture was created to "praise Ai's efforts to expose corruption and censorship in the Chinese government," according to a report by ABC. Hopefully the message gets taken seriously, and changes are implemented.