Ai Weiwei, ‘Seeds Hand Signed’, The Skateroom
Ai Weiwei, ‘Seeds Hand Signed’, The Skateroom
Ai Weiwei, ‘Seeds Hand Signed’, The Skateroom

“I think there is a responsibility for any artist to protect freedom of expression.”
– Ai Weiwei
We gave the dissident artist ‘carte blanche’ to decline three of his artworks on skateboards.
The result is a mix of politically engaged messages combined with the equally strong meaning of the three artworks he decided to feature for this special collaboration for Skateistan.
Through this collaboration, we donated 15,000$ to Skateistan in Kabul in the name of the artist, as well as 20% of the sales from this limited edition on skateboards.

The equivalent to providing programs for up to 1300 students in Afghanistan for 2 weeks!
Ai Weiwei is a Chinese Contemporary artist and activist. As a political activist, he has been highly and openly critical of the Chinese Government’s stance on democracy and human rights.

Series: Single board 31in x 8in Limited edition

Signature: Signed in the deck Hand numbered

Manufacturer: The Skateroom

This artwork is directly inspired from his iconic installation Sunflower Seeds, which opened in London at the Tate Modern in 2010.
The installation illustrates how the globalization and mass production in China feeds western consumerism, and pays tribute to the insignificant element at the bottom of the production chain: Cheap labors working at assembly lines in gigantic factories: a form of modern slavery.

About Ai Weiwei

A cultural figure of international renown, Ai Weiwei is an activist, architect, curator, filmmaker, and China’s most famous artist. Open in his criticism of the Chinese government, Ai was famously detained for months in 2011, then released to house arrest. “I don’t see myself as a dissident artist,” he says. “I see them as a dissident government!” Some of Ai’s best known works are installations, often tending towards the conceptual and sparking dialogue between the contemporary world and traditional Chinese modes of thought and production. For Sunflower Seeds (2010) at the Tate Modern, he scattered 100 million porcelain “seeds” handpainted by 1,600 Chinese artisans—a commentary on mass consumption and the loss of individuality. His infamous Coca Cola Vase (1994) is a Han Dynasty urn emblazoned with the ubiquitous soft-drink logo. Ai also served as artistic consultant on the design of the “Bird’s Nest” stadium for Beijing’s 2008 Olympics, and has curated pavilions and museum exhibitions around the globe.

Chinese, b. 1957, Beijing, China, based in Beijing, China