Field Trip to Alcatraz

Chronicle Books treated the sales and marketing folks to a field trip to visit the Ai Weiwei exhibit on Alcatraz Island. We took the night tour on a gloomy, rainy day. What better way to see an old abandoned prison?

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The Ai Weiwei installation was so detailed and thought provoking- a hand painted bamboo dragon spanned across the former prison factory, and millions of tiny lego pieces made up the portraits of people who have been exiled and imprisoned for their political beliefs and actions. Most of my co-workers on the field trip did their own thing  (personal audio tours lead you through most of the prison), but it was so cool to come back and discuss with familiar faces throughout the night.

Chronicle will be publishing the companion book to the exhibit this March 2015. At Large


2 thoughts on “Field Trip to Alcatraz

  1. I have been so fascinated by reading about this art installation lately. I think it’s a powerful idea. Is it weird that Alcatraz is my favorite part of San Fran? I can’t wait to take my kids there someday.

    • I’d never been there and thought it was a tourist trap before. I’m now converted. It’s an amazing place with so much history. Also amazing views of the city. Hope you and the kiddos make it out here soon.

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