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23 December 2010

See Ai Weiwei's Sunflower Seeds

Your author feels quite sorry for the creators of Ai Weiwei's Sunflower Seeds, the latest Unilever Series project to occupy the Tate Modern's Turbine Hall. As readers might remember, each seed was individually sculpted and painted by Chinese specialists working in small-scale workshops in the Chinese city of Jingdezhen.

Whilst Ai Weiwei just adds another commission to his already bulging CV, and pockets the related riches, the real creators will probably never see their work here, and even if they do it will not be fulfilling its telos as no visitors are allowed to interact with it due to health and safety concerns earlier in the year.

Now just a grey space, which a contact of your author's recently described as "look[ing] like an empty parking garage", it is really rather boring. Nevertheless, it is there, and is probably worth a quick glance if you're passing by, if only to notice how sad it looks.

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