Art: Tate Modern

Sunflower Seeds, Turbine Room © Tate Modern

The Turbine Room of the Tate Modern is a vast space and over the years has been filled with some pretty incredible installations as part of the Unilever series; Doris Salcedo’s Shibboleth, a chasm that ran the length of the hall, a series of slides by Carston Höller and a giant spider, Maman by Louise Bourgeois.

The latest spectacular installation unveiled today is Sunflower Seeds, by Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei. A blanket of 100 million seeds has been spread across the floor of the hall, each one kiln fired twice, then individually hand-painted by specialists in the Chinese city of Jingdezhen.

The installation runs from the 12th October – 2nd May 2011.


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