ai Weiwei: Ruyi Path


Château La Coste

Realized in 2017



Over the past two years, Ai Weiwei has been developing a project for Château La Coste in partnership with Luise Faurschou, entitled Ruyi Path. It is named after the ceremonial scepter that symbolizes power and good fortune in Chinese folklore.  The traditional S-shaped form of this scepter has provided the plan for a new pathway that weaves between the trees of the forest at Château La Coste and connects two ancient routes on the property. Created from historic cobbles salvaged from the recently renovated ports of Marseille, Ruyi Path has given a new life to these stones that so many emigrants and travelers over the years have stood upon when arriving in Europe. Defying categorization, this structure is both sculpture and architecture; traditional and modern.


To mark the completion of Ruyi Path, Ai Weiwei has mounted the exhibition 'Mountains and Seas' at Château La Coste (8 April – 18 June, 2007) that provides a broader sense of the artist’s work and contextualizes the Ruyi Path within his practice.  The works exhibited are made using traditional kite-making techniques and employ a wide range of references to Chinese mythology and Ai Weiwei’s own life experiences. Created just before the summer of 2015, when Ai Weiwei’s passport was returned following his detention and subsequent four years of travel restrictions, the works draw from this turbulent period.





Château La Coste is a vineyard where Wine, Art & Architecture live in harmony. Artists and architects are invited to visit the domain and discover the beauty of Provence. In turn, they are encouraged to choose a place in the landscape that speaks directly to them and given the freedom to create a permanent work for the place. Château La Coste will continue to evolve as new projects and installations are developed.

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