Ai Weiwei Designs Limited Edition Hawaii Mask Collection
Contemporary Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has designed a series of limited edition masks honoring Hawaiian culture.
In partnership with Hawai’i Contemporary from Honolulu, “The Way Follows Nature” is a series printed by local printmakers and sold to support the upcoming Hawaii Triennial, which runs from February 18 to May 8, 2022, and is supported by The Nature Conservancy Hawaii and Palmyra Chapter and Conservation International Hawaii.
The 10 mask designs incorporate symbols of Hawaiian culture, including local flora, fauna and marine life. The work draws attention to climate issues directly affecting the Hawaiian Islands and beyond.
“The masks are representative of one of the most traumatic events in our lives – a period that tempered human exploitation of the Earth’s natural resources,” Ai Weiwei said in a statement. “This collection allows us to help the islands of Hawaii, a community that is directly affected by growing environmental concerns globally.”
Masks are sold individually and are priced at $ 100 each. There are also exclusive sets of three masks for $ 350 and 10 for $ 1,150. All masks include a signed letter of authenticity from Ai Weiwei.
The collection will be available online exclusively through Hawaii Contemporary’s EBay page for charities and will run until October 2021.
In other news, check out Ai Weiwei’s recent exhibition “Marble, Porcelain, LEGO”.