Ai Weiwei Designs limited-edition Hawaiian mask collection
Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei has designed a series of limited edition masks that honor Hawaiian culture.
In collaboration with HawaiÊ»i Contemporary from Honolulu, âThe Way Follows Natureâ is a series printed by local printers and sold in support of the upcoming Hawaii Triennial, which runs from February 18 to May 8, 2022, and by The Nature Conservancy Hawaii and Palmyra Chapter and Conservation International Hawaii.
The 10 mask designs incorporate symbols from Hawaiian culture, including local flora, fauna, and marine life. The artwork draws attention to climate issues that directly affect the Hawaiian Islands and beyond.
“The masks represent one of the most traumatic events of our lives – a period in which human exploitation of the earth’s natural resources was mitigated,” said Ai Weiwei in a statement. “This collection enables us to help the islands of Hawaii, a community directly affected by increasing environmental concerns on a global scale.”
The masks are sold individually and cost $ 100 each. There are also exclusive sets of three masks for $ 350 and 10 for $ 1,150. All masks contain a signed letter of authenticity from Ai Weiwei.
The collection will be available exclusively online through the Hawaii Contemporary Charities eBay page and will run through October 2021.
Also take a look at the current exhibition by Ai Weiwei âMarbre, Porcelaine, LEGOâ.