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Twitter’s Millions Of Handmade Sunflower Seeds Are A Drug (Photos)

by | 15th, October 2010

AI Weiwei’s (yep, we know) carpet of fake sunflower seeds at the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall is out of bounds. The punters were allowed to walk on the 100 million porcelain replica seeds that cover 1,000 square meters of London real estate. But they are found to be dusty and that meant breathing them in was potentially hazardous.

Sunflower Seeds’ seeds were all hand-painted by artisans / drones in the city of Jingdezhen.

Anyhow it’s all to do with Twitter. Says Weiwei:

“Every day (I spend) many hours with many different people (on Twitter). All together there is shared information and many ideas, which creates something beautiful and important. Our time is about shared information and participation.”

Nice idea. Shame the dust – or spam, as we are wont to call it – stopped all the fun. Walking on the seeds was incredibly pleasant, like pulling a trapped shoelace from beneath your foot over and over…


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Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's artwork 'Sunflower Seeds', the latest commission in the Unilever Series at the Tate Modern, central London.

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