Team Subs just popped over the road to Tate Modern to have a look at the latest Unilever installation. Chinese conceptual artist Ai Weiwei (who, along with Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron, designed the main stadium for the 2008 Beijing Olympics) has covered the floor of the Turbine Hall in 100 million porcelain sunflower seeds – each one (yes, EACH ONE) individually painted by Chinese artisans. This epic work represents the famines that occurred during the rule of Mao Tse-Tung, which killed millions of people; a reliable staple, sunflower seeds were shared among friends and are a symbol of the period.

Walking on the deep carpet of seeds, as they shift under your feet, feels exactly the same as walking on a sandy beach, albeit an eerily dry, somewhat haunting beach, the effect heightened by scores of little kids getting stuck into building seed castles.

Mo, deputy chief sub-editor

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