One other big excitement was our visit to Ai Wei Wei's new exhibit at the Tate Modern where he has installed over 100 million painted porcelain sunflower seeds. Originally it was to be an interactive event with visitors walking in amongst the 'seeds' but it was decided that the resulting porcelain dust was too dangerous for us and now we can only watch from the sidelines and hold a single seed handed around. Rather sad for the artist I'm sure. It is a truly impressive sight and the accompanying film gives more insight into the work. It raises questions about mass productions, the 'made in China' label we are so familiar with and issues of individuality as each seed is different from the millions of others, each painted by hand. The seeds themselves hark back to the famines under Mao when sunflower seeds were the only food for many citizens. The photos give you the full view of the Turbine Hall with its grey carpet of seeds and a close up of the seeds themselves.
That's all for this week's blog as it's late going to 'press' -sorry about that.
Bye for now,