Since 2003, when a smaller ‘UK version’ was shown in Birmingham Cathedral, the show has visited (among others) Australia, Slovenia, Canada, the USA, Denmark, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and various places around the UK.Â This time it will be turning up at the AE Harris Factory in/near the Jewellery Quarter.
This will be only the second showing of the larger ‘world version’, the scope of which is kinda mind-blowing:
As you approach this former metalworking factory you will be given a grain of rice. This grain is you. Inside lots of people are waiting for you, billions of them, each represented by a grain of rice. 112 tonnes of rice â€“ 6.7 billion grains â€“ one for everyone on the planet.
As you explore the extraordinary landscape of rice hills and mountains stretching out in front of you, you discover every pile represents a different population and that together these piles tell hundreds of stories, stories of the worldâ€™s people and politics, history and current affairs.
You’re invited to suggest the statistics that will be visualised in the show.
For an idea of the scale of this production there’s an image gallery on the Stan’s Cafe site and there’s a promo vid too:
Entry to this extraordinary show is only Â£2.50.
Actually, while I think of it the piece by Stan’s Cafe’s James Yarker in the Birmingham Post is worth another read.