Tuesday, 12 July 2011
Ai Wei Wei
Really glad to see the BBC "Imagine" programme tonight about Ai Wei Wei. What an exceptionally brave and clever guy he is! Of course, I'd first heard his name in architectural circles when he collaborated to design the 2008 Olympic Stadium. And then came across him again in his artist guise with his ceramic sunflower seeds at the Tate Modern. It turns out the sunflower and its seeds have all sorts of connotations for the Chinese population, a better symbol than I'd ever imagined. It was sort of ironic that the seeds were fenced off from the public ...because of trade union concerns about health and safety!