From China with love: the UK welcomes Ai Weiwei
From 2010 to 2011, millions of sunflower seeds spilled across the floor of the Tate Modern. From far away, each one looked identical, but they were all individually handcrafted in porcelain. As Ai Weiwei's successful Sunflower Seeds installation came to its close, the artist was detained in his home country of China for 81 days. The Chinese authorities confiscated his passport and he has been unable to leave since then. Sunflower Seeds might have been one of the first instances where the British public was directly exposed to Weiwei's work, but it certainly wasn't the last.