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A Projection for Freedom

4:55 PM, Jan 18, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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Visitors to the nation's capital for the upcoming inauguration have the chance to see a unique exhibit outside the Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue. Until Saturday night, the Newseum's large First Amendment tablet will feature a projection of the work of dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who was imprisoned for two months in 2011 because of his activism against the government in Beijing. Here's more from the Newseum:

Visible from Pennsylvania Avenue and parts of the National Mall, the projection will appear on the 74-foot-tall marble First Amendment tablet on the exterior of the Newseum. It will feature the trio of images from one of Ai's most recognizable works, "Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn," 1995/2009, as well as quotes from the artist about freedom of expression and the importance of individual engagement and action within society. Projected over the 45 words of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the powerful images and quotes will draw attention to the important freedoms all Americans enjoy. The projection will appear from Jan. 17 to 19, beginning at 7 p.m. each night.

A celebrated artist recognized for his collaboration with architects Herzog & de Meuron on the design for the "Bird's Nest" stadium at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Ai has become known for his political activism, which he often accomplishes through his art and through his embrace of the Internet and social media.

Watch the video from the first night of the projection below:

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