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Daily Inspiration: Ai Weiwei on the Power of Creativity

"Creativity is the power to reject the past, to change the status quo, and to seek new potential. Simply put, aside from using one's imagination - perhaps more importantly - creativity is the power to act."

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is famous for his large-scale sculptural installations with strong political and human rights advocacy messages. In 2010, Ai Weiwei famously filled Turbine Hall at the Tate London with one hundred million hand-painted porcelain sunflower seeds, handmade by over 1200 Chinese artisans to critique our mass-consumer culture. Ai Weiwei had suggested above that creative acts can be as simple (and as powerful) as taking action, in any way that needs doing. This demystifies artistic pursuits as not lofty or incomprehensible, but practical and something to engage in each and every day.

"Pebbles" by nic squirrell