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San Francisco Art at Site www.sfart.info Weiwei	Ai	Western Screech Owl Habitats
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Weiwei Ai

Western Screech Owl Habitats

1989
Presidio Habitats
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Through the addition of a strategically placed aperture, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei transformed a classical Chinese vessel type into a living environment for the Western Screech-Owl. These elegant and purposefully ornamental habitats evoked a range of associations—the Presidio’s Pacific Rim orientation, San Francisco’s Chinese heritage, and the transmission and transformation of culture through trade.

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The classical Chinese vessels nestled high within a tree are reminiscent of funerary urns, reminding the viewer that the Screech Owl has not been observed in San Francisco for over a decade.