Safety JacketsZipped the Other Way

Designed by Ai Weiwei. Made by you.

Hornbach
Designed by Ai Weiwei. Made by you.
Hornbach

Art for everyone

When HORNBACH invited me to collaborate on this project, I immediately thought it was a fantastic idea. HORNBACH is a company that has a connection with people’s everyday lives. Their products address the practical aspects of life, as well as the decorative and pleasurable.

Art belongs to everybody. Everybody can be an artist or has the opportunity or ability to make art. And while art may not necessarily make the world a better place, it has the power to make us better people.

Ai Weiwei

(born on 28 August 1957 in Beijing) is an artist, carpenter and curator.

The artist Ai Weiwei and the work „Safety Jackets Zipped the Other Way”.

A meaningful piece of art, refreshed

I made a similar piece in the late 1980s called “Five Raincoats Holding Up a Star”. This piece is based on the same idea, but we have refreshed it.

“Safety Jackets Zipped the Other Way” is a work dealing with the old concept of the readymade. The piece is made from materials found in typical DIY stores, or that might be used by construction workers. Simply zipping the jackets together with other jackets without really doing anything else destroys the original meaning of these very well-designed objects and transforms them into something else.

Ai Weiwei, “Five Raincoats Holding Up a Star”, 1980s.

“Five Raincoats Holding Up a Star”, from the late 1980s.

One artwork, multiple versions

The work consists of a set of high-visibility safety jackets zipped together to form a connected, non-functional soft sculpture that can be made in different variations. You can combine two jackets for a simple one, or as many jackets as you want. The language is the same.

  1. Wall version 1
  2. Wall version 2
  3. Wall version 3
  4. Standing version

Build something that belongs in a museum

I am an artist who cares about reality and what is happening today. I try to relate my works to everyday life, to ordinary things, to the familiar. At the same time, I add some twists to make us question our rationality.

I made this work for the public, for the people who are not necessarily art collectors or museum-goers. For those who have a sense of humour and understand that meaning can be created by anybody at any moment.

The artist Ai Weiwei presents a work for people to make themselves.

See what Ai Weiwei has to say about the project

Video, 16:9

3:31 mins

Choose version:

  • 5×

    Safety jacketNeon orange

    Recommendation
    L
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  • 3×

    Wall hook

    Size
    Approx. 150 × 210 mm
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  • 6×

    All-purpose plugUniversal screw

    The correct choice of plugs and screws will depend on your wall.

  • 4×

    Safety jacketNeon orange

    Recommendation
    L
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    (domestic shipping only)

  • 2×

    Wall hook

    Size
    Approx. 150 × 210 mm
    View in store

    (domestic shipping only)

  • 4×

    All-purpose plugUniversal screw

    The correct choice of plugs and screws will depend on your wall.

  • 7×

    Safety jacketNeon orange

    Recommendation
    L
    View in store

    (domestic shipping only)

  • 5×

    Wall hook

    Size
    Approx. 150 × 210 mm
    View in store

    (domestic shipping only)

  • 10×

    All-purpose plugUniversal screw

    The correct choice of plugs and screws will depend on your wall.

  • 6×

    Safety jacketNeon orange

    Recommendation
    XL
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  • 4×

    Stainless steel pipe

    Length
    6 m, Ø 28 mm
    Wall thickness
    1 mm
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  • 12×

    Cable tieBlack, nylon

    Recommendation
    Min. 250 mm
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I hope that everybody can enjoy this piece and be able to say, “I have an original work by Ai Weiwei” without spending much money.

Ai Weiwei

The design is done, now it's your turn

Instructions available as:

  • Book

    Binding
    Adhesive binding
    Format
    200 × 247 mm
    Number of pages
    48 pages
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    File format
    PDF
    File size
    10.9 MB
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