We the People (Detail)
Exhibition period: 1 June 2012 - 31 December 2013.
A full-scale replica of the Statue of Liberty was built at a metal workshop in Shanghai. However, the statue was not welded together to reach its full height of 45 metres; rather, it was split into approximately 400 fragments and scattered across the entire world.
The instigator behind this trans-boundary project is the artist Danh Vo. He had an exact replica of the Statue of Liberty from the New York harbour made at a metal workshop in Shanghai. However, the approximately 400 parts that make up the 45m sculpture were not welded together. Quite the contrary: they were sent out into the world and exhibited at a range of museums worldwide. See the location of the various parts
A transboundary project
Danh Vo says about the project: "Artists often get idiotic ideas". And this idea is out of all proportion, not just in physical terms, but also in practical and logistical terms.