Thursday, October 13, 2011

Moon and Jupiter

Moon and Jupiter
side by side with the stars and stripes
waving in the wind

I've just come out of ICON gallery after watching the BBC documentary on Ai WeiWei, the renowned Chinese activist artist. After the Cultural Revolution, WeiWei moved to the US to experience freedom -- political, social, economic and artistic. After Tiananmen Square, he went back to China. I am walking along the north side of Fairfield Square, reflecting on  freedom, and there, like an artist's statement, the Moon and Jupiter float like a pair of bright white eyes on either side of the American flag. Yesterday the two celestial bodies did not appear side-by-side and tomorrow they will move apart as they continue their revolutions for millions of years, while the stars and stripes wave for who knows how long.

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