Alcatraz Chinese Artist

Ceramic flowers fill a prison hospital bathtub and wash basin in the installation called Blossom during a preview of the art exhibit @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz Island Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. Revealing unexpected perspectives on Alcatraz and its layered legacy, the exhibit by the Beijing-based artist prompts visitors to consider the implications of incarceration and the possibilities of art as an act of conscience. The exhibit opens Friday and runs through April. The profusion of flowers rendered in a cool material could be understood as a reference to China’s famous Hundred Flowers Campaign of 1956, a brief period of free expression followed by a crackdown against dissent. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)