Sunflower Seeds

by styleshake

I had a short but wonderful Thanksgiving vacation in London last week and got a chance to check out a small part of “Sunflower Seeds” by Ai Weiwei at Tate Modern. The original sculpture consists of 100 million of hand-painted porcelain sunflower seeds that look identical but are actually unique. It took 1,600 people to manufacture these seeds in two and a half years. Ai Weiwei provokes thought on the “Made in China” phenomenon, the relationship between the rulers and citizens in China, and individuals vs. masses with this artwork.  Too bad I couldn’t see the original setup of this when you could walk on the seeds and pick them up. Apparently, the interaction of visitors with the sculpture creates a dust that can be a health risk and people have been stealing the seeds….