We the People (Detail)
Exhibition period: 1 June 2012 - 31 December 2013.
A full-scale replica of the Statue of Liberty has been built at a metal workshop in Shanghai. However, the statue has not been welded together to reach its full height of 45 metres; rather, it has been split into approximately 400 fragments that have been 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 have not been welded together – and nor will they be. Quite the contrary: they have been sent out into the world and are currently being 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.
Why is it called the x-room?
The ‘x’ in x-room stands for the unknown. The x-room transforms itself from exhibition to exhibition. No-one knows in advance what form of expression the art will find.