Sunflower Seeds

Sunflower Seeds

Artist: Ai Weiwei

Date: 2010

Dimensions: variable 

Medium: Porcelain

Exhibited at the Tate in 2010

Description: While these millions of sunflower seeds look like the real thing they are actually made of porcelain, a medium used in many traditional Chinese art pieces, such as vases or plates. These have been arranged in many different ways, such as a cone shaped mound or poured across an exhibition space like a sea to fill spaces at the Tate.  These sunflower seeds were not industrially produced, commenting on the made in china phenomena and mass production of cheap goods. 

Tate. (1970, January 1). ‘sunflower seeds’, Ai Weiwei, 2010. Tate. Retrieved October 11, 2021, from

Author: Sophie Kyle

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