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Tate Modern's "Sunflower Seed" Exhibit by Ai Weiwei Closed as Health Risk
Visitors walk through the art installation 'Sunflower Seeds' by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in London, Monday, Oct. 11, 2010. The specially commissioned art piece takes the form of a field of sunflower seeds inside the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern gallery, made of over 100 million handmade unique porcelain replicas of sunflower seeds, made by Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei, and will run until May 2, 2011. AP Photo/Lennart Preiss.
LONDON (AP).- British art museum Tate Modern says an exhibit involving 100 million porcelain sunflower seeds has been closed to visitors because it is a potential health hazard.

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei filled a giant hall at the London museum with a carpet of the imitation seeds, made by thousands of workers over a two-year period. Visitors were invited to walk across the surface when the show opened earlier this week.

But the gallery said Friday that the "enthusiastic interaction of visitors" was causing a dust cloud that could be harmful if inhaled over a long period.

It said visitors would no longer be allowed to walk across the seeds, though they can be viewed from a walkway above the hall.


Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.



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