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Ai Weiwei and Bert Benally create sand-based art installation

Ai Weiwei and Bert Benally create sand-based art installation

In a remote part of Coyote Canyon

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The Chinese dissident artist has joined forces with Navajo artist Bert Benally to create an innovative temporary collaboration – 'Pull of the Moon'

No stranger to working on art pieces that surround the topic of the moon, Ai Weiwei has now taken on 'Pull of the Moon' alongside Bert Benally.

The installation is part of Navajo TIME (standing for Temporary Installations Made for the Environment), which is a unique partnership between New Mexico Arts and the Navajo Nation Museum. This particular installation features earth-based drawings using sand. "The concept is based on Navajo aesthetics, the idea that for the Navajo, art is more about the process rather than the finished product." said Bert Benally.

Ai Weiwei and Bert Benally create sand-based art installation (фото 1)

A 3D model of the digital landscape has also been created by xRez Studio Inc. and can be viewed at The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe for the duration of the outdoor installation. 

Ai Weiwei and Bert Benally create sand-based art installation (фото 2)

Ai Weiwei and Bert Benally create sand-based art installation (фото 3)

A documentary film titled The Making of Pull of the Moon has been made by Daniel Hyde and Blackhorse Lowe highlighting the collaboration between Weiwei and Benally – which is located at Coyote Canyon in San Antonio from this month until October 16. "Cultural landscape is very important to this project. That is why Coyote Canyon was chosen with its rich history and traditions. When it is travels to different locations it will carry the power of the initial place with it." concluded Benally.   

Watch part of the documentary below, now:

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