To help support Ai Weiwei’s public art project Good Fences Make Good Neighbors on view across New York City until February, 2018, The Public Art Fund utilized eBay’s charity program to raise funds in support of the massive citywide public art installation.
Just two items were up for grabs through the eBay charity sale, and in true Ai fashion, one of those was a rhodium-plated cast of the artist’s hand giving the middle finger. The cast is not just for shock value; it recalls the artist’s Study of Perspective series, in which Ai photographed himself giving the finger to landmarks and monuments “in a rejection of authority and political oppression, and in support of individual expression,” the Public Art Fund explains.
The second item was a print in the style of a Greco-Roman frieze that depicts the global refugee crisis. A total of 1000 hands and 1000 posters sold-out within hours of launch, raising $775,000!