That Turbine Hall at Tate Modern. They cannot let it lie can they? They’ve had Louise Bourgeois’ massive crabs, they’ve had a sunset beach, they’ve had floor-to-ceiling kids’ slides… now it is the turn of sunflower seeds. But just any old sunflower seeds. These are ceramic and you are encouraged to walk upon them, sift them, run them through your fingers… but not nick them.
There are 150 million of the things (which, if everyone who goes to the Tate over the next three months nicks just one should still leave some kicking round the edges) and they are crafted by Chinese artist Ai WeiWei, which is our favourite name of the week. And, what with labour being dead cheap in China, each one has been hand-painted. For reals!
According to a five-star review in The Guardian it is ‘an image of globalisation both politically powerful and hauntingly beautiful’. So now you know.