How Alcatraz Became a Canvas for Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei

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For the next six months, visitors to Alcatraz will encounter more than empty cells and beautiful views. The island is the site of dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's new installation "@Large," a collection of works that explore themes of human rights and freedom of expression. One piece, "Trace," features portraits of prisoners of conscience and is made up of over a million Lego pieces. We'll talk to the organizers of "@Large" about the installation and about the challenges of collaborating with Ai Weiwei, who is barred from leaving China by its government.


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Cheryl Haines, founding executive director and curator of "@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz"

Frank Dean, general superintendent of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Greg Moore, president and CEO of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

Kenneth Baker, art critic for The San Francisco Chronicle who has interviewed Ai Weiwei twice