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The children are laughing at their distorted mirror images inside a sculpture by the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in front of the Nationalmuseum in central Stockholm.

I know, you can't see what they were seeing and having fun at, and that's a big disappointment to me. For several reasons I couldn't get inside along with them to find a better angle. I didn't want to disturb them, their parents were standing next to me, and I didn't want a selfie.

Discretion doesn't always take the best photos, but you can see enough of the polished wall to imagine what effects were possible here.

For a year this 12 meter tall steel sculpture, called 'Arch', will be placed here before it will be moved to a permanent site somewhere else in Stockholm.

'Arch' was originally created for a large exhibition in 2017 in New York, where it was placed inside the much larger permanent arch in Washington Square Park.

The FAD Magazine, covering contemporary art, has described 'Arch' like this:

"Through its 40-foot-tall structure/.../Ai Weiwei, a refugee himself, creates an ode to freedom, using the silhouette of intertwined human figures to represent the free passage of all populations, and appealing for a world without borders."

Ai Weiwei, born in 1957, is one of China's best known artists. He has participated in exhibitions all over the world, but being also one of China's best known political dissidents he can no longer live in his home country. Since he left China in 2015 he has been living in various places in Europe.

One WS will show you how other visitors used the sculpture for fun. For the other WS I decided to post a "not funny" photo to show you what the entire sculpture looks like.

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