A Year With Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads 
October 2017-October 2018
Civic Center Park

About Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads

Internationally acclaimed Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei has reinterpreted the twelve bronze animal heads representing the traditional Chinese zodiac that once adorned the famed fountain-clock of the Yuanming Yuan, an imperial retreat in Beijing. "Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads" is the artist’s first major public sculpture project. 

Learn more at www.zodiacheads.com.


About the Installation

Denver Arts & Venues, with support from Bonfils-Stanton Foundation brings Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads to Civic Center Park in Downtown Denver from October 2017-October 2018 where the bronze pieces will surround the Sea Lions Fountain on the north end of the park. A complementary educational exhibit, "Ai Weiwei: Art & Social Change," will be housed in the McNichols Civic Center Building (144 W. Colfax Ave.), a stone’s throw away from the sculptural pieces. 


Statement from the Curator
Ai Weiwei: Global Artist, Borderless Humanist, Contemporary Emperor 

AWW_withZodiacHead_Dog_2010 150x200.jpgAi Weiwei is one of the most compelling figures working in the spheres of international art and political activism. His extraordinary range of creative articulation is unparalleled among his peers—from provocative large-scale museum exhibitions that reference traditional Chinese art forms, to candid Instagram posts at impoverished refugee camps around the world, Ai’s fearless spirit is widely recognized as the heart of his artistic practice. In recent years, Ai’s outspoken stance regarding freedom of expression and basic human rights for all people has established him as leader in the conversation concerning humanity today. 


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About the Chinese Zodiac

On Feb. 15, 2018 we transition from a Rooster Year to a Dog Year.
The Chinese zodiac signs form a recurring 12-year cycle, and each year is represented by one of 12 animals. The year a person is born determines their zodiac sign, and this is believed to affect their personality. The Chinese zodiac was also used to tell time, with each animal representing a two-hour period of time.

Learn More About the Chinese Zodiac Animals:
Rat (鼠 Shǔ), Ox (牛 Niú), Tiger (虎 Hǔ), Rabbit (兔 Tù), Dragon (龙 Long), Snake (蛇 Shé)Horse (马 Mǎ)Sheep/Ram (羊 Yang)Monkey (猴 Hóu)Rooster (鸡 Jī)Dog (狗 Gǒu)Boar/Pig (猪 Zhū)

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Rat 鼠 shǔ

Imaginative, generous, successful, popular, curious

Feb 10, 1948 – Jan 28, 1949
Jan 28, 1960 – Feb 14, 1961
Feb 15, 1972 – Feb 2, 1973
Feb 2, 1984 – Feb 19, 1985
Feb 19, 1996 – Feb 6, 1997
Feb 7, 2008 – Jan 25, 2009
Jan 25, 2020 – Feb 11, 2021

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Ox 牛 niú

Confident, honest, patient, conservative, strong

Jan 29, 1949 – Feb 16, 1950
Feb 15, 1961 – Feb 4, 1962
Feb 3, 1973 – Jan 22, 1974
Feb 20, 1985 – Feb 8, 1986
Feb 7, 1997 – Jan 27, 1998
Jan 26, 2009 – Feb 13, 2010
Feb 12, 2021 – Jan 31, 2022

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Tiger 虎 hǔ

Sensitive, tolerant, brave, active, resilient

Feb 17, 1950 – Feb 5, 1951
Feb 5, 1962 – Jan 24, 1963
Jan 23, 1974 – Feb 10, 1975
Feb 9, 1986 – Jan 28, 1987
Jan 28, 1998 – Feb 15, 1999
Feb 14, 2010 – Feb 2, 2011
Feb 1, 2022 – Jan 21, 2023

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Rabbit 兔 tù

Affectionate, kind, gentle, compassionate, merciful

Feb 6, 1951 – Jan 26, 1952
Jan 25, 1963 – Feb 12, 1964
Feb 11, 1975 – Jan 30, 1976
Jan 29, 1987 – Feb 16, 1988
Feb 16, 1999 – Feb 4, 2000
Feb 3, 2011 – Jan 22, 2012
Jan 22, 2023 – Feb 9, 2024

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Dragon 龙 long

Enthusiastic, intelligent, lively, energetic, innovative

Jan 27, 1952 – Feb 13, 1953
Feb 13, 1964 – Feb 1, 1965
Jan 31, 1976 – Feb 17, 1977
Feb 17, 1988 – Feb 5, 1989
Feb 5, 2000 – Jan 23, 2001
Jan 23, 2012 – Feb 9, 2013
Feb 10, 2024 – Jan 28, 2025

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Snake 蛇 shé

Charming, intuitive, romantic, highly perceptive, polite

Feb 14, 1953 – Feb 2, 1954
Feb 2, 1965 – Jan 20, 1966
Feb 18, 1977 – Feb 6, 1978
Feb 6, 1989 – Jan 26, 1990
Jan 24, 2001 – Feb 11, 2002
Feb 10, 2013 – Jan 30, 2014
Jan 29, 2025 – Feb 16, 2026

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Horse 马 mǎ

Diligent, friendly, sophisticated, talented, clever

Feb 3, 1954 – Jan 23, 1955
Jan 21, 1966 – Feb 8, 1967
Feb 7, 1978 – Jan 27, 1979
Jan 27, 1990 – Feb 14, 1991
Feb 12, 2002 – Jan 31, 2003
Jan 31, 2014 – Feb 18, 2015
Feb 17, 2026 – Feb 5, 2027

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Ram 羊 yang

Artistic, calm, reserved, happy, kind

Jan 24, 1955 – Feb 11, 1956
Feb 9, 1967 – Jan 29, 1968
Jan 28, 1979 – Feb 15, 1980
Feb 15, 1991 – Feb 3, 1992
Feb 1, 2003 – Jan 21, 2004
Feb 19, 2015 – Feb 7, 2016
Feb 6, 2027 – Jan 25, 2028

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Monkey 猴 hóu

Witty, lively, flexible, humorous, curious

Feb 12, 1956 – Jan 30, 1957
Jan 30, 1968 – Feb 16, 1969
Feb 16, 1980 – Feb 4, 1981
Feb 4, 1992 – Jan 22, 1993
Jan 22, 2004 – Feb 8, 2005
Feb 8, 2016 – Jan 27, 2017
Jan 26, 2028 – Feb 12, 2029

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Rooster 鸡 jī

Shrewd, honest, communicative, motivated, punctual

Jan 31, 1957 – Feb 17, 1958
Feb 17, 1969 – Feb 5, 1970
Feb 5, 1981 – Jan 24, 1982
Jan 23, 1993 – Feb 9, 1994
Feb 9, 2005 – Jan 28, 2006
Jan 28, 2017 – Feb 15, 2018
Feb 13, 2029 – Feb 2, 2030

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Dog 狗 gǒu

Loyal, honest, responsible, courageous, warm-hearted

Feb 18, 1958 – Feb 8, 1959
Feb 6, 1970 – Jan 26, 1971
Jan 25, 1982 - Feb 12, 1983
Feb 10, 1994 – Jan 30, 1995
Jan 29, 2006 – Feb 17, 2007
Feb 16, 2018 – Feb 4, 2019
Feb 3, 2030 – Jan 22, 2031

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Pig 猪 zhū

Sincere, tolerant, hard-working, honest, optimistic

Feb 8, 1959 – Jan 27, 1960
Jan 27, 1971 - Feb 14, 1972
Feb 13, 1983 - Feb 1, 1984
Jan 31, 1995 - Feb 18, 1996
Feb 18, 2007 - Feb 6, 2008
Feb 5, 2019 – Jan 24, 2020
Jan 23, 2031 – Feb 10, 2032

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10/17/2017 · 5:30 p.m. - A Year With Ai Wei Wei Ribbon Cutting, Reception, Lecture
McNichols Civic Center Building
11/3/2017 · 5:30 p.m. - Denver Arts Week First Friday Art Tour
McNichols Civic Center Building
11/14/2017 · 4 p.m. - Bronze Pouring Demonstration in Conjunction with Ai Weiwei Exhibition
McNichols Civic Center Building