Today the new art installation by Ai Weiwei opened at the Schauspielhaus concert hall in Berlin, a display of 14,000 or so life jackets collected from the Greek island of Lesbos to call attention to Europe’s refugee crisis.
Ai was able to collect the dizzying number as a result of his work on Lesbos, aiding asylum seekers fleeing from Syria. The life jackets can be seen here decorating the columns of the Konzerthaus in a striking statement:
Known for his political art, Ai has been making many a headline thanks to his refugee aid of late — prior to this, he protested Denmark’s new anti-immigration law by pulling his work from museums, and then made waves by recreating the image of drowned toddler Alan Kurdi on a Lesbos beach.
Last year saw about 1 million Syrian refugees attempting to seek asylum in Europe. According to the International Organisation for Migration, more than 3,700 of that number died crossing the Mediterranean.
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