Sunflower Seeds 2010 by Ai Weiwei

October 11, 2010 at 8:50 am Leave a comment

Re-blogged from dezeen.
Written by Rose Etherington.
Originally posted October 11, 2010.
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Sunflower Seeds 2010 by Ai Weiwei

“Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has covered the floor of the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern in London with more than 100 million individually handmade replica sunflower seeds.

Sunflower Seeds 2010 by Ai Weiwei
Top image is by Marcus Leith & Andrew Dunkley

Commissioned for the The Unilever Series, the installation invites visitors to walk over the porcelain pieces, which cover 1000 square metres of the hall.

Sunflower Seeds 2010 by Ai Weiwei

Each seed was moulded, fired, hand-painted and fired again in the Chinese city of Jingdezhen over a two year period.

Sunflower Seeds 2010 by Ai Weiwei
Photographs are copyright Tate Photography.

Sunflower Seeds 2010 by Ai Weiwei
Above image is by Marcus Leith & Andrew Dunkley

>> Read more information from Tate here.

>> October 11’s daily design idea is consider the surfaces on which you walk. What are they made of? How did they get there?

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