It takes a village. At the Mary Boone gallery this month the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei presents -Sunflower Seeds. Each porcelain seed is produced and hand painted in the town of Jingdezhen outside of Beijing in northern Jiangxi, China. For 1800 years this town has been in the business of making porcelain. Originally it was produced exclusively for the Emperor's court. Now the community faces financial hardship with many people bankrupt. The Sunflower Seed project has taken about 6 years and has already taken it's place as an amazing point in the history of the town. The project has employed 1600 people and every one there knows someone who has been a part of it. Mr. Weiwei explains that the idea of the seeds comes from the painted images of Chairman Mao Tse-tung. Many paintings or graphic posters of him included sunflowers because he was "the sun" and the sunflowers were his people. The project debuted at the Tate Modern in London October of 2010. We our now able to view this serenely beautiful field of dreams and walk along it's parameter. Your older children will be trusted to walk around it and contemplate this amazing statement of unified human effort. Perfect for 7 and up. On view through February 4, 2012.
Mary Boone Gallery 541 West 24 Street through 4 February 2012.