Ai Weiwei's 'Sunflower Seeds' at Tate Modern

by 13 October 2010

100 million handmade porcelain seeds make up the much-talked-about exhibit that opened yesterday at the Tate Modern. China’s leading conceptual artist Ai Weiwei, presented his exhibition, Sunflower Seeds, as his eleventh commission in The Unilever Series. Though appearing uniform, each seed is unique, having been individually sculpted and painted by small-scale specialists in the Chinese city of Jingdezhen. Visitors are invited to walk on, handle, and discover the seeds that have been poured into the vast interior of the Turbine Hall. Meant to represent those killed under Mao Zedong, the seeds also ask us to question the ‘Made in China’ concept: the mundane act of walking upon a vast number of seeds that have been painstakingly created by human hands. The exhibit lasts until 2 May 2011.

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Photography: Rebecca Morrill