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Rebar in Gold started after Ai Weiwei collected the contorted steel rebar – steel used to reinforce concrete – after the devastating Wenchuan earthquake in Sichuan Province in China in 2008, where almost 70,000 people died.
After the earthquake, Ai found and purchased a mass of contorted rebar, 200 tonnes. The pieces of Rebar in Gold are straightened, meant to be bent by the user themselves.
In …

Rebar in Gold started after Ai Weiwei collected the contorted steel rebar – steel used to reinforce concrete – after the devastating Wenchuan earthquake in Sichuan Province in China in 2008, where almost 70,000 people died.
After the earthquake, Ai found and purchased a mass of contorted rebar, 200 tonnes. The pieces of Rebar in Gold are straightened, meant to be bent by the user themselves.
In 2013, Ai created a machine that would create the motif of the rebar on gold. He bought a mass of gold from his brother. He created a long rebar in 24 karat gold as a single piece. Out of this single …

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Elisabetta Cipriani
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