Der chinesische Künstler Ai Weiwei hat in der Tate Modern in England ungefähr einhundert Millionen Sonnenblumenkerne ausgeschüttet. Sonnenblumenkerne aus Porzelan, die er (und seine Praktikantinnen) händisch angemalt hat. What?!
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.
Poured into the interior of the Turbine Hall’s vast industrial space, the 100 million seeds form a seemingly infinite landscape. Sunflower Seeds is a sensory and immersive installation, which we can touch, walk on and listen to as the seeds shift under our feet.