You can look but you can’t touch

Visitors view Ai Weiwei's 'Sunflower Seeds' from afar

Ai Weiwei’s installation Sunflower Seeds has re-opened at Tate Modern, but things have changed…  Following reports that tiny dust particles generated by the porcelain seeds could potentially cause respiratory problems in some visitors, the installation may now only be viewed from a distance.  Of course this changes the very nature of an installation that was conceived of as interactive and immersive. Now, from the ‘safety’ of cordoned off areas, visitors are offered a feel by seed-toting gallery attendants.  At least the Tate no longer has to worry about visitors pinching seeds

You can look but you can’t touch

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