13 October 2010

sunflower seeds

ai weiwei current work at the Tate Modern ... I wish I could see it live and touch and walk on those handmade porcelain seeds ... wonderful!

"what you see is not what you see, and what you see is not what it means. The sculptural installation is made up of what appear to be millions of sunflower seed husks, apparently identical but actually unique. Although they look realistic, each seed is made out of porcelain. And far from being industrially produced, 'readymade' or found objects, they have been intricately hand-crafted by hundreds of skilled artisans [...] Sunflower Seeds is a sensory and immersive installation, which we can touch, walk on and listen to as the seeds shift beneath our feet. To touch one piece is to interact with the whole, a poignant commentary on the relationship between the individual and the masses." read the whole of it here

all images from the Tate's site

7 comments:

Geninne said...

Absolutely breathtaking!

HomeCollection. said...

crazy!

Julie Shackson said...

Incredible!

turtle and dragon said...

Fantastic! I listened to an interview with the artist on the BBC, so interesting. ox Mel

grossomodo said...

beautiful, beautiful pictures...

Mar said...

Lindo !

laruelapalooza said...

Thank you so much for posting this. I have been reading more about it recently and found out that they had to close off the exhibition because it was causing too much dust. Visitors can still view it but not walk on it. How sad!

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2010/oct/15/tate-stops-visitors-sunflower-seeds

Here's the article link.