There will be large animal heads on posts in Civic Center Park for longer than expected

More Ai Weiwei for everyone!

Ai Weiwei's "Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads" at Civic Center Park, March 16, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Ai Weiwei's "Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads" at Civic Center Park, March 16, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Denver likes Ai Weiwei’s “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads” so much we get to keep it for four more months.

The installation around the Sea Lions Fountain at Civic Center Park was supposed to depart for Sonoma, Calif., in mid-October, but will instead stay through January 2019.

“Denver has embraced ‘Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads’ as a featured piece in Civic Center Park, attracting residents and visitors daily,” Tariana Navas-Nieves, Denver Arts & Venues cultural affairs director, said in a press release. “I am thrilled and feel privileged to extend its stay. Ai Weiwei’s work not only examines the complex intersection of artistic practice and social activism, but these sculptures are also playful, engaging and accessible to all.”

Ai Weiwei's "Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads" at Civic Center Park, March 16, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Ai Weiwei's "Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads" at Civic Center Park, March 16, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

In case you’re not one of the many people who have flocked to it already: “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads” is a set of 12 1-ton bronze animal heads representing the Asian Zodiac. You can find its companion exhibit, “Ai Weiwei: Art & Social Change,” on the first floor of McNichols Civic Center Building.

Also, I’ve just learned that Arts & Venues made video interviews of “local celebrities” discussing their relationships to their zodiac signs. Gov. Hickenlooper is a dragon! It’s unclear how this will impact his potential presidential campaign. We do already have a dragon president, according to Kanye.

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