Chinese artist Ai Weiwei had intended interactive art.
But his offering of 100 million sunflower seeds handcrafted from porcelain covering London’s Tate Modern’s lower floor was fenced off two days after the public opening on October 25—for health concerns.
The danger of inhaling dust from the Chinese porcelain seeds was deemed too great to allow visitors to trudge, walk and play on the thick grey carpet.
“You are supposed to be making your own design from the seeds. Barricading defeats its purpose,” said artist Clair Reed. John Chen art student from Hong Kong, was perplexed. "These seeds were handmade by 1,600 peasant girls in China. If it was not poisonous for them then why is it harmful to us?” Ai was, however, nonplussed. “No interaction is also a kind of interaction,” he said.
We are a voice to you; you have been a support to us. Together we build journalism that is independent, credible and fearless. You can further help us by making a donation. This will mean a lot for our ability to bring you news, perspectives and analysis from the ground so that we can make change together.