Artist Ai Weiwei’s 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. Porcelain is almost synonymous with China and, to make this work, Ai Weiwei has manipulated traditional methods of crafting what has historically been one of China’s most prized exports. Sunflower Seeds invites us to look more closely at the ‘Made in China’ phenomenon and the geo-politics of cultural and economic exchange today. Sunflower Seeds was on display at Tate Modern from 12 October 2010 – 2 May 2011.

 

Nayyirah Waheed is an African- American poet and author 

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Kosmos

by Walt Whitman

WHO includes diversity, and is Nature, 
Who is the amplitude of the earth, and the coarseness and sexuality of the earth, and the
 great
 charity of the earth, and the equilibrium also, 
Who has not look’d forth from the windows, the eyes, for nothing, or whose brain held
 audience with messengers for nothing; 
Who contains believers and disbelievers—Who is the most majestic lover; 
Who holds duly his or her triune proportion of realism, spiritualism, and of the
 aesthetic, or
 intellectual,
Who, having consider’d the Body, finds all its organs and parts good; 
Who, out of the theory of the earth, and of his or her body, understands by subtle
 analogies
 all other theories, 
The theory of a city, a poem, and of the large politics of These States; 
Who believes not only in our globe, with its sun and moon, but in other globes, with their
 suns
 and moons; 
Who, constructing the house of himself or herself, not for a day, but for all time, sees
 races,
 eras, dates, generations,
The past, the future, dwelling there, like space, inseparable together.

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Trying to grow Vanilla Orchid in Santiniketan is not the easiest of hobbies, although this year I achieved a modicum of success which really meant getting up at unearthly hours, before the sun's heat wilted the flower, and hand pollinating each one of them!!