- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A large iron sculpture by Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei that’s designed to prompt thoughts about how different people and cultures come together is being dedicated at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in western Michigan.

A Monday event is to dedicate “Iron Tree” as part of events marking Meijer Gardens’ 20th anniversary.

Made of 99 iron pieces, the sculpture looks like a tree without leaves, but oversize stainless steel bolts that hold it together give it a mechanical appearance.

The artist’s work is well-known internationally, but he isn’t allowed to travel outside China. He spent nearly three months in prison in China in 2011 and last year directed the transformation of the former island prison of Alcatraz into a tribute to the world’s political prisoners.

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Online:

https://www.meijergardens.org

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