Chinese artist and activist Ai WeiWei is bringing his Sunflower Seeds installation to New York City for the first time, at an exhibit opening on Saturday at the Mary Boone Gallery (and running through February 4th).
The installation is comprised of millions of hand-painted porcelain sunflower seeds, which made their debut in 2010 at the Tate Modern in London. At that time, the installation was actually interactive until it was dubbed toxic when exhibition-goers frolicking in piles of seeds created a fine ceramic dust storm. The dust was "easily breathed into the lungs of art aficionados," and visitors were banished to an observation deck after that.
Don't expect to roll around in the seeds, and, having been prohibited from leaving China for a year, don't expect to see Ai Weiwei there either. Here's a little more about the piece: