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The Unilever Series: Ai Weiwei: Sunflower Seeds

The Unilever Series: Ai Weiwei: Sunflower Seeds
1 of 4 About the exhibition 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. Porcelain is almost synonymous with China and, to make this work, Ai Weiwei has manipulated traditional methods of crafting what has historically been one of China’s most prized exports. Update: Friday 22 October 2010 The landscape of sunflower seeds can be looked upon from the Turbine Hall bridge, or viewed at close range in the east end of the Turbine Hall on Level 1. Sunflower Seeds is a total work made up of millions of individual pieces which together from a single unique surface. Juliet Bingham, Curator, Tate Modern

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