In a shocking statement to show how tough life in for those Syrian refugees who are finding a home in Lesbos, this Chinese artist used the 14 000 life jackets that were discarded after arriving to line the Konzerthaus so that the entire world could see how many lives were given the option for a new beginning after arriving here. It is a heartfelt statement that is shadowed by how many have lost their lives struggling to find a safe place to live. It is his hope that more and more refugees will find homes in Europe so they can forget their war-torn past and enjoy a life here with plenty to smile about. Time will tell. Until then, this art is powerful and strong and the whole world is watching.
Thousands have risked their lives to find a better life in Europe
But Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is critical of the European response to the refugee crisis
On February 13th, he unveiled this striking installation at Berlin’s Konzerthaus
14,000 lifejackets, discarded by refugees who landed at Lesbos
The project took about a month to complete
Weiwei’s Instagram documents what many of the refugees face
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