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Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei No. 25 on AskMen's Top 49 Influential Men List

Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei Unveils This Year's Unilever Installation At The Tate Modern Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei holds some seeds from his Unilever Installation 'Sunflower Seeds' at The Tate Modern on October 11, 2010 in London, England. The sculptural installation comprises 100 million handmade porcelain replica sunflower seeds. Visitors to the Turbine Hall will be able to walk on the work - which opens on October 12, 2010 and runs until May 2, 2011. (Getty Images)more pics » Ai Weiwei (Getty Images) A week after being named the most powerful artist in the world by ArtReview magazine, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has come in strong at the No. 25 spot on AskMen's Top 49 Influential Men of 2011 list.

Known for his political activism and Bejing's iconic "Bird's Nest" Olypic stadium, Ai made international headlines back in April when he was arrested boarding a flight for Hong Kong. After a global campaign was launched to set him free. Though Chinese authorities would let him out in June, he has not been allowed to use the Internet or be interviewed by the press.

AskMen's 2011 list of the Top 49 Most Influential Men showcases a diverse range of individuals from all walks of life. From tech visionaries to road cyclists, this year's list was based on more than 200,000 reader votes, as well as intense deliberation among the website's editorial staff.
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