art, events — October 13, 2010 11:51 am

AI WEIWEI SUNFLOWER SEEDS

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Wow, the 11th commissioned artist in the Tate Modern‘s Unilever Series, Ai Weiwei, a Chinese conceptual artist, has filled the museum’s turbine hall with 100 MILLION life-sized sunflower seed husks made out of porcelain. These seeds were each hand made and the installation encourages visitors to touch and walk on the carpet of tiny replicates.

[youtube width="600" height="380"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7UcuYiaDJ0[/youtube]

More information/images after the break:

Ai Weiwei: Sunflower Seeds
Turbine hall, Tate modern
Bankside, London
Now until May 2 2011

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.

via: DesignBoom + Hypebeast

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