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Okay, so I know I said I would only post on Sundays, but this couldn’t wait.

Chinese Conceptual Artist Ai Weiwei filled the Tate Modern‘s Turbine hall with literally 100 million handcrafted and painted, life-sized sunflower seed husks. The husks are made out of porcelain, which is synonymous with China, considering porcelain is it’s most prized export.

 

Apparently Weiwei had hundreds of people helping her in small-scale workshops in the Chinese city of Jingdezhen to create this sculptural installation.

Sunflower Seeds invites viewers to take a closer look at the ‘Made in China’ phenomenon and the geo-political issues surrounding culture and economics today.

 

(All images derived from DesignBoom)

Kind of an amusing side note: The artist originally encouraged patrons to interact with the sculpture by walking on the seeded “carpet”. The Tate Modern has since made a notice of the hazardous dust that has been created due to these interactions, and now asks viewers to stay off their lawn, so to speak.

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