A Carpet of 100 Million Hand-Painted Sunflower Seeds

A Carpet of 100 Million Hand-Painted Sunflower Seeds

Trent Johnson
Oct 14, 2010

This image depicting a floor covered with sunflower seeds might seem a little odd. Even stranger, however, is that instead of real sunflower seeds, these "seeds" are actually hand-painted porcelain replicas of sunflower seeds designed to illustrate globalization.

The seeds were installed by Chinese conceptual artist Ai Weiwei and are showcased in the Tate Modern's Unliever series as an interactive piece of art. The Tate Modern, located in Bankside, London showcases the seeds display—all 100 million of them—which were hand-crafted and carefully painted over the course of two years by some 1600 Chinese artisans.

The collective effort explores the 'Made in China' phenomenon and the context of today's geo-political cultural and economic economy.

Via DesignBoom

(Images: Tate Modern)

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