Lost in the Zodiac


Pinch me please,
for I am dreaming.
My legs, you see
have taken their leave.
I can’t escape,
my arms are stuck.
To this I say,
what bad luck!
Those beside me
look the same.
Tell me friend,
is this a game?

Circle of Animals by Ai Weiwei on display in the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court of Somerset House, London, June 2011, c.b.w.

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Special Note: When I snapped this photograph I had no idea these sculptures were created by Ai Weiwei, nor did I discover that fact until I was in the process of creating this post.  These sculptures were utterly captivating and I remember spending a long time walking among them. I can’t even begin to say how amazing it is to know that I was drawn to his work without even knowing it was his.

In choosing this week’s photograph, I was looking to write something a little playful.  Imagine my surprise when I learned Weiwei was behind this installation, considering I wrote about him barely a week ago,  (see Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry). Apparently, my muse is still quite taken with him!

To read more about Ai Weiwei’s “Circle of Animals,” follow these links:

Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads (official site)

Somerset House – Circle of Animals

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c.b.w. 2012


27 thoughts on “Lost in the Zodiac

  1. When I first read the poem, only the windows in the building showed up on my screen. I thought it was a jail! Then, when I first looked at the heads, the pig looked rather grotesque to me. Took me a minute to study what the sculptures were. Yes, weird, that you liked it without knowing it was one of your favorite artists. Glad you do-me, not so much.


    • They are a bit odd in many respects, but I think what I found so intriguing was having to ask the question “why?” while walking through them. There are elements of ancient Chinese and modern aesthetics, but then the curve ball of emphasizing the head. I loved the curiosity they inspired. 🙂


    • They are strange, but they did make me think which is what makes art so interesting. Then, after reading his motivation behind the piece, it makes perfect sense why he created them as he did. 🙂


  2. Your poem perfectly captures the essence of those courtyard figures. Fascinating how you were drawn to his work before you knew anything about him. That’s the sign of an excellent artist. 🙂


    • Thanks! 🙂

      His work has an incredibly unique aesthetic that always gets me thinking. Between figuring out what he’s trying to say and what it means to me, I could stare at his pieces for hours!


  3. For some reason this reminds me of Alice in Wonderland, must be the oversized heads. Your poem is so appropriate and fits so well. As I have been reading more about this artist and his movie, I am fascinated by the courage he has to pursue his art under such dangerous conditions. I can’t imagine being so brave. I like what you’ve done with the coloring of the photo also, how artistic! Thanks for more international events to open my mind further.


    • I’m so happy to hear you find Weiwei intriguing. 🙂

      I had fun playing with this photograph both with the accompanying lines and the coloring. Sometimes I think digital photography is my new grown-up coloring book. 🙂


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