(Pics) 100 Million Sunflower Seeds

(Pics) 100 Million Sunflower Seeds
Design

Imitation seeds carpet the floor of the Tate Modern's Turbine Hall in a new installation by Ai Weiwei.

Naresh Kumar
  • 13 october 2010

The renowned Tate Modern gallery in London is currently hosting an incredible installation of a 100 million “sunflower seeds” which fill its Turbine Hall. The seeds, created by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, are actually made from porcelain and cover 1,000 square meters of the hall, creating an impression of a huge sunflower seed-filled carpet. The project took two years to complete and involved hundreds of specialized Chinese artisans intricately sculpting and painting each imitation seed. Weiwei says that he chose sunflower seeds as the theme object for his project as its a popular Chinese snack and a revolutionary symbol in the country. Tate Modern will run the exhibition for the next 6 months.

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