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October 21, 2010

100 million hand-painted porcelain sunflower seeds at the Tate Modern — and now you can't even walk on them

Long story short:


Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's new 


installation piece was unveiled


Tuesday, October 12, 2010,


with viewers encouraged to frolic among the seeds.


Two days later — Thursday, October 14 —


"the Tate decided that people would no longer be allowed to enter the work,


saying that the dust they stir up posed a health hazard,"


wrote Roberta Smith in an October 18, 2010 New York Times story.


"Now it can be viewed only from behind ropes or from the bridge that spans the Turbine Hall one floor up."

October 21, 2010 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


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Aww. Seems to me the whole point is to be able to touch and play around with the seeds.

If I didn't see the video, I wouldn't have believed they were fake seeds. Too bad they stir up dust.

This is art. Please don't look at art in the usual practical terms. Nice story, though. The project allowed people to make a living for a while. Someone some where might see this story and spark a bigger project for those people.

Posted by: bubbub | Oct 22, 2010 10:42:07 PM

What a waste of human endeavor. I don't get it, the point I mean. Hand painted??? There are too many real problems in the world to celebrate this indulgent and frivolous waste of time and energy, even if we could "frolic" among the seeds.

Posted by: tamra | Oct 21, 2010 8:47:09 PM

Too bad. But I bet it's not any more dust than I get exposed to in a week of cleaning out cat litter pans.

Posted by: Becs | Oct 21, 2010 8:29:34 PM

This must be what Joe munchie heaven looks like....

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Oct 21, 2010 6:01:55 PM

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