By Alyssa Pereira

You might know the legendary, world-renowned artist and free speech activist Ai Weiwei from when he was arrested by the Chinese government (without charge) for 81 days in 2011, but in case you don’t, Weiwei is going to bring you a little glimpse of that experience—with the humble assistance of the most notorious prison around: Alcatraz.

Weiwei (pronounced “way-way”) will create an art installation called “@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz” put on by San Francisco public art nonprofit FOR-SITE. It will take place on the 22-acre island as seven site-specific sculptures, sound installations and other mixed-media pieces, and will most likely address topics relating to free speech and expression.

Tickets will go on sale June 27 both online and in person at the official Alcatraz Landing ticket office at Pier 33 on the Embarcadero, which is three months before the opening of the exhibition. It will run from September 27-April 26, 2015. The $30 ticket price will also include regular access to the generally visited areas of the island as well as psychiatric hospital wards and cell-blocks not opened to the public before. As a matter of fact, the only installation site usually open to the public is the dining hall, so this will be an experience unlike one you have had before.

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