24 Sep '14, 10pm
Ai Weiwei Uses 1.2 Million LEGO Bricks to Portray 176 Political Prisoners and Exiles on Alcatraz
Once an infamous prison, Alcatraz is now a national park that attracts 1.5 million visitors each year - and Chinese artist Ai Weiwei just teamed up with the FOR-SITE Foundation to unveil a series of 7 provocative installations that engage with the island's history while exploring the issues of human rights and freedom of expression. "Trace" is one of the most spectacular - Ai Weiwei used 1.2 million LEGO bricks to create portraits of 176 prisoners of conscience and exiles. Today we took a firsthand look at this amazing installation before it officially opens this weekend - check out our photos after the jump!