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Portland company helps make Alcatraz art exhibit happen

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - A Portland company has a hand in a new art exhibit at one of the world's most notorious prisons.

Alcatraz is currently showcasing an exhibit that pays tribute to the world's political prisoners. It features the work of Ai Weiwei, a Chinese artist and dissident, who directed the exhibition's installation while under house arrest in China.

The works give tourists a deeper sense of imprisonment and freedom.

“They know about a certain era of the federal penitentiary when Al Capone and gangsters were put into Alcatraz,” said Greg Moore of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. “Ai Weiwei opens up the deeper story of what incarceration means, of what detainment means, what are human rights and what is political imprisonment."

The exhibit is made possible in part by a Portland company called Indow Window.

Because Alcatraz is a historic monument, no screws or rails can be put into the building. The company has found a way to put up glass to protect the art without making any holes.

“That is kind of the secret to the Indow Window, is that it doesn't have any mounting bracket, it just uses [a] compression tube and you just push it into place,” said Sam Pardue of Indow Window.

This allows visitors to see the artwork, including portraits made up of more than 1 million Lego bricks.

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