ai weiwei wraps berlin's konzerthaus with 14,000 refugee life jackets
ai weiwei wraps berlin's konzerthaus with 14,000 refugee life jackets
feb 15, 2016
ai weiwei wraps berlin's konzerthaus with 14,000 refugee life jackets


ai weiwei wraps berlin’s konzerthaus with 14,000 refugee life jackets
photo by oliver lang / courtesy of konzerthaus berlin

 

 

 

over the past month, ai weiwei has been working from the greek island of lesvos, where thousands of refugees land after battling the harsh and unrelenting sea. the chinese artist’s instagram account features hundreds of photos and videos he’s taken of asylum seekers as they finally reach shore, offering an unprecedented account of the daily conditions and growing community on the island.

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thousands of jackets have been carefully attached to each other and onto the columns  
photo by oliver lang / courtesy of konzerthaus berlin

 

 

 

in an effort to draw attention to the ongoing humanitarian crisis, ai weiwei has used refugee life jackets discarded and collected in lesvos to wrap the pillars of the landmark konzerthaus in berlin. the six columns that receive visitors to the concert hall have been temporarily draped in 14,000 orange vests, each carefully attached to one another and affixed to the supporting colonnade. the sheer abundance of jackets used by ai weiwei highlights the countless lives changed by the crisis, with every single vest reflecting the individual life of a man, woman or child whose landing at lesvos is just the beginning. the installation has been realized for the cinema for peace gala on february 15, 2016.

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he installation has been realized in conjunction with the cinema for peace gala
photo by oliver lang / courtesy of konzerthaus berlin

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the six columns have been temporarily draped in 14,000 orange vests
photo by oliver lang / courtesy of konzerthaus berlin

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each of the vests have been carefully attached to one another and affixed to the supporting colonnade
photo by oliver lang / courtesy of konzerthaus berlin

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the installation seeks to draw attention to the ongoing humanitarian crisis 
photo by frank löschner / courtesy of konzerthaus berlin

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large cranes help attach life jackets to the upper areas of the concert hall
photo by frank löschner / courtesy of konzerthaus berlin

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the installation in berlin feeds off ai weiwei’s humanitarian work in greece
photo by frank löschner / courtesy of konzerthaus berlin

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thousands of jackets have been collected from the greek island of lesvos
photo by frank löschner / courtesy of konzerthaus berlin

 

 

 

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