Ai Weiwei Cushion 'The Animal that Looks Like a Llama (But is Really an Alpaca)
- This feather-filled cushion, developed exclusively for the Design Museum Shop, has been made in England and is printed with a politically charged design by Ai Weiwei.
- It features a kaleidoscopic pattern of motifs including cameras, handcuffs, and Twitter birds which suggest themes of surveillance, censorship, industrialisation and non-conformity that have all permeated in Weiwei’s life and work.
- In Mandarin, the word for ‘alpaca’ sounds like the phrase ‘f**k your mother’ making the animal a popular internet meme representing free speech. Here, as elsewhere in Ai's work, we see the potency of humour in political messaging.
WEIGHT: 1.200 kg
INNER CUSHION: 50x50cm
FILLING: 100% Duck Feather