19-05-2017

Ai Weiwei, Ruyi Path at Chateau La Coste

Ai Weiwei, Jean Nouvel, Tadao Ando, Renzo Piano,

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Château La Coste in the hills to the north of Aix-en-Provence, France combines the crafting of fine wines with the presentation of fine art and architecture.



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Ai Weiwei, Ruyi Path at Chateau La Coste Château La Coste in the hills to the north of Aix-en-Provence, France combines the crafting of fine wines with the presentation of fine art and architecture. Here we can find pieces by architects such as Jean Nouvel, Tadao Ando and Renzo Piano and now also a permanent artwork by the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.


Ruyi Path is the name of the permanent piece crafted by the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei at Château La Coste in Provence, France. With his art, Ai Weiwei always transcends simple aesthetic gratification by exploring the different layers of reality around us, as we saw in his exhibitions from Vienna to Florence and which comes to the fore here too.
Ruyi Path is named after the ceremonial sceptre that symbolises power and good fortune in Chinese history. Its organic form laid the groundwork to develop a new pathway on the property that weaves through the vineyards and connects an ancient Roman road with another ancient route higher up. 
Ai Weiwei crafted this work, between landscaping and sculpture using cobblestones salvaged from the recently revamped port of Marseilles. The artist uses Ruyi Path to give both a new location and new life to these old stones from the port area, where so many people walked on their arrival in Europe. 
A pathway made from recycled stones that are plucked from their original context and stimulate reflection on “where we put our feet” when we walk.
Château La Coste is an estate renowned for its wines and starred restaurant, and for years has aimed at combining culinary excellence in an environment shaped by archistars, showcasing extremely fine permanent and temporary artworks. Just one more reason for lovers of fine food and visual arts to add Château La Coste to their list of must-visit destinations this Summer!

Christiane Bürklein

Ai Weiwei, Ruyi Path, 2017
Château La Coste, France.
Copyright the artist / Photograph wearecontent(s) 2017.
Find out more: http://chateau-la-coste.com/

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