Front Cover


(Hornbach Werkstück Edition)

Publisher Note

DIY store chain Hornbach has launched Safety Jackets Zipped the Other Way, an integrated project by world famous Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. The piece consists of high-visibility safety jackets joined together by means of their zips. Removed from their original function, they merge into a shapeless soft sculpture. The assembled readymade Safety Jackets Zipped the Other Way comes with instructions and materials from Hornbach.
The project is accompanied by a comprehensive publication, which includes not only the building instructions, but also a classification of how Safety Jackets Zipped the Other Way fits into the artistic practice of Ai Weiwei.
It also includes a certificate of authenticity and an interview the art critic and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist conducted with Ai Weiwei about the project.


The artist Ai Weiwei has created a work of art from HORNBACH material. As an alternative design in an unleashed art market, anyone can build this work of art themselves - at the price of the material alone.
All you need are these instructions and some manual skills. Be part of this public art event and build yourself an original Ai Weiwei.
The book also includes an interview between Hans Ulrich Obrist and Ai Weiwei and a certificate of authenticity.

Artists’ Book

Safety Jackets – Zipped the Other Way

by Ai Weiwei

Release Place Bornheim, Germany
Edition 1st edition
Release Date 2020
Editor: Vincenzo Trione
Artist: Ai Weiwei
ISBN-13: 4306517480769
Inscription signed
Subform Special Edition
Genre/Content Form Commissioned Art
Topics Diy, Hornbach, Saferty Jackets, Safety
Methods Photography
Language English
Format Box
Dimensions 24.7 × 20.0 cm
Weight 500 gram
Pages 48