For nine internationally celebrated artists, the annual commission to create a sculptural installation in Tate Modern’s vast Turbine Hall has proved impossible to resist.But with striking exceptions, such as Olafur Eliasson’s apocalyptic The Weather Project in 2004 (the giant disc resembling the setting sun) and Doris Salcedo’s unforgettable Shibboleth in 2008 (the trompe l’oeil crack in the foundations of the building), one after another of them has fallen flat on their face. For the 11th commission in the Unilever series, Tate Modern has offered the poisoned chalice to the Chinese artist and political activist Ai Weiwei - and he’s come up with a masterpiece.
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At first and even second glance, Sunflower Seeds doesn’t look like much – a minimalist rectangle of gray stones such as Richard Long might have made on some beach in Iceland.
Only when you look closer do you realise the 'stones’ are large sunflower seeds, and only when you pick one up do you understand they are not real seeds, but hand-painted replicas made of porcelain.
You won’t need some kind of strategy or game plan – it’s your emotional state that’s causing you all the anguish… Only you can change your emotions and it starts with drawing fulfillment from other areas of life and loving your life and yourself in general.
Steve Connor is the Science Editor of The Independent and i.