Template” is a sculpture by the Chinese artist, Ai Weiwei. It is made from old wooden doors from demolished Chinese houses. At an exhibition, in Kassel, Germany in 2007, the sculpture collapsed after exposure to wind and rain. Ai Weiwei decided to leave it in its collapsed state. In an interview, he explained that nature had taken his work and re-shaped it, perhaps made it better, had done something he could never have done. Slim has this to say:
Ai Weiwei, Ai Weiwei, Ai Weiwei
Give your head a shake
Cease these po-faced utterances.
Yes, the forces of nature
Can create great wonders:
The Grand Canyon, for example.
But what we have here
Is a tornado in a trailer park.
Havoc has been wreaked.
You left your sculpture out in the wind and rain
And the wind and rain have done their thing.
Let us not pretend
That this is anything more
Than a failure to read the weather report.
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