100 Million Sunflower Seeds

An installation at the Tate Modern of 100 million sunflower seeds–actually 100 million hand made porcelain sculptures of sunflower seeds. More soon.

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  1. Henry Lowengard
    Posted October 15, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

    That is, 10^8.
    Next: How many holes can fill the Albert Hall?

  2. Brandon J. Van Every
    Posted October 21, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Permalink


    100 million “handmade” porcelain seeds? No way! Let’s say you banged out 100 per hour. That’s 10^8 / 10^2 = 10^=6 = 1 million man hours. Let’s say you paid 1000 people in the Third World to make them by hand, and specified that they couldn’t cheat and make them with a machine. It would take 10^6 / 10^3 = 1 thousand hours = 25 standard work weeks. Let’s say you paid them $2/hour for their work. That’s $2 million and I seriously doubt this was an exercise in seeing how much money could be spent. I also seriously doubt that enough volunteer labor was organized to do this for free. The volunteers wouldn’t be nearly as effective as the paid labor and it would take considerably longer to organize the intake of all the seeds, assuminig it ever got done at all.

    No, these seeds were made by some kind of machine. I don’t consider a mold for 1000 seeds to be “handmade.”

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