ai weiwei: sunflower seeds at the tate modern
oct 13, 2010
ai weiwei: sunflower seeds at the tate modern

ai weiwei: sunflower seeds at the tate modern
‘sunflower seeds’ by ai weiwei at the tate modern
images courtesy the tate modern
© ai weiwei



ai weiwei: sunflower seeds
turbine hall, tate modern
bankside, london
now until 2 may 2011



as the eleventh commission in the tate modern‘s unilever series, chinese conceptual artist ai weiwei has filled the museum’s turbine hall with millions of life-sized sunflower seed husks made out of porcelain. the collective effort of a number of specialists from jingdezhen, china, the hand-crafted seeds were individually formed and painted. the installation encourages visitors to touch and walk on the carpet of tiny replicates.

ai weiwei has manipulated the traditional methods of crafting porcelain, which has historically been considered to be one of china’s most prized exports, to explore the ‘made in china’ phenomenon and the geo-politics of cultural and economic exchange today.


images courtesy the tate modern
© ai weiwei

aerial view
image courtesy the guardian
photographer: david levene


images courtesy the tate modern
© ai weiwei


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