Ai Weiwei and Anish Kapoor go walkabout

We join the Phaidon artists as they walk through London today to highlight the plight of refugees
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Ai Weiwei, Haymarket, London September 17 - photo Mat Smith
Ai Weiwei, Haymarket, London September 17 - photo Mat Smith

Pavement café tables were scattered and pigeons sent flying by the huge crowd of media and well wishers joining Ai Weiwei and Anish Kapoor on their walk through London this morning. 

Little red men (of the blinking kind - found at traffic light intersections) were disobeyed and car and bus horns sounded as the two Phaidon artists made their way from Ai's show at the Royal Academy on Piccadilly down Whitehall, on to St Paul's Cathedral, along the Whitechapel Road and on to Stratford, in the east of London. 

 

Ai Weiwei and Anish Kapoor in London this morning - photo Mat Smith
Ai Weiwei and Anish Kapoor in London this morning - photo Mat Smith

They had asked members of the press and public to bring a blanket to show solidarity with refugees.  Both were draped in their own blankets - Ai dressing to the right, Anish to the left. Both filmed the crowds around them on their iPhones as they made their way, at a brisk pace, through the London streets. 

 

Ai Weiwei and Anish Kapoor in London this morning - photo Mat Smith
Ai Weiwei and Anish Kapoor in London this morning - photo Mat Smith

The blankets were a symbol of the need that affects an estimated 60 million refugees in the world today. The artists plan to repeat the action throughout major cities across the world in the coming months. 

 

 
Check out our Anish Kapoor and Ai Weiwei monographs in the store. 

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