Sara Keating on Culture: Stars align as we celebrate the year of the dragon

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s work celebrates the symbolic and cultural importance of the zodiac

This week marks the celebration of the Chinese new year and with it the beginning of the year of the dragon; for Dublin celebrations and activities, see

In 2011, the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei launched his first major public art installation at the historic Pulitzer Fountain in New York, the city where the artist had lived in exile for 12 years.

Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads was inspired by the infamous fountain-clock of the Yuanming Yuan, an 18th-century imperial palace outside Beijing, which featured the animals of the Chinese zodiac spouting water at two-hour intervals. In 1860, the palace was ransacked by French ...