October 13, 2010

Ai Weiwei - Sunflower Seeds.

Ai Weiwei "Sunflower Seeds" -  image by Loz Flowers

China's image abroad is suffering - however - the country seems to be immune against foreign criticism, no matter if it comes from the nobel prize committee, which recently awarded Liu Xiaobo for the "2010 Nobel Peace Prize", or from Ai Weiwei, one of China's most well known contemporary artists. Ai Weiwei recently installed the work "Sunflower Seeds" in The Tate Modern Turbine Hall.

"Sunflower Seeds is made up of millions of small works, each apparently identical, but actually unique. However realistic they may seem, these life-sized sunflower seed husks are in fact intricately hand-crafted in porcelain. Each seed has been individually sculpted and painted by specialists working in small-scale workshops in the Chinese city of Jingdezhen. Far from being industrially produced, they are the effort of hundreds of skilled hands." (source: Tate Modern)

Ai Weiwei "Sunflower Seeds" -  image by Loz Flowers

2010-11-04: The installation has been shut down because of noxious ceramic dust wafting off the 100 million porcelain sunflower seeds.

2010-11-05: Ai Weiwei is under house arres at his home in Beijing. Authorities want to prevent him holding a party to mark the forced demolition of his new Shanghai studio.