2. Sunflower Seeds by Ai Weiwei, 2010
Thanks to Ai Weiwei's iconic installation at Tate Modern in 2010, no sunflower seed will ever look the same again. Weiwei's critique on systems of production and the global economy temper to a poetic gesture that becomes just as much about artisanal qualities of originality as it is about strengthening communities. In Ai Weiwei's many works, Sunflower Seeds stands out as the moment that the art world and beyond began to understand his message and its relatability to all cultures.