Maybe it doesn’t make sense for a hotel to create an empty space at street level, but this is where the St. George departs from industry tradition: we think that our lobby, facing the park, functions perfectly as a gallery. In ours, Tianwu, a giant white dragon by leading contemporary artist Ai Weiwei, will provide guests with a magical moment when they enter the unique world of St. George.
The creature Tianwu is a kite that has been constructed by hand from bamboo and white silk. This large, airy work of art is part of the installation “Er Xi, Air de Jeu,” which exhibited at Le Bon Marché in early 2016. For the exhibition, which translates to “child’s play” or “playground,” Weiwei took inspiration from the traditional Shan Hai Jing, children’s tales from China that date back as far as fourth century B.C., and which have been passed down from generation to generation. The works of mythological creatures at Le Bon Marché resembled birds, fish and dragons. From Paris the dragon Tianwu traveled to Helsinki for an exhibition at Galerie Forsblom in spring 2016, after a fantastic showing of Ai Weiwei’s works at Helsinki Art Museum only a few months before. The dimensions of the piece are impressive.
Ai Weiwei (b. 1957) is widely regarded as one of the most renowned contemporary artists alive today. Known for his social commentary, Ai Weiwei uses a variety of mediums and materials in his conceptual art, experimenting with sculpture, photography, documentary, video and architecture.