Amanda

By Amanda

LifeBuzz Staff

14,000 Lifejackets Were Hung From A Concert Hall… The Reason Why Hit Me HARD.

Radical artist Ai Wei Wei just finished his latest project, and this time it's an unmissable installation on the Konzerthaus columns in Berlin. For the last several months, he has been working from the Greek island of Lesvos, documenting the thousands of Syrian refugees that arrive on its shores after battling a harsh journey in the incredibly dangerous open waters.

After his experience, he shifted his sights to Berlin and created something that draws a huge amount of attention to the humanitarian crisis happening in Syria and the countries the refugees flee to. Using about 14,000 orange life jackets, the artist wrapped them around six pillars in front of the Konzerthaus, in an effort to show people just how many lives are affected by the crisis. See the compelling images below.

Ai Wei Wei has spent months on the Greek island where thousands of refugees come, their safe arrival only marking the beginning of their harrowing new lives.

To bring attention to this humanitarian crisis, the artist constructed a six column monument using their life jackets.

Frank Löschner/Konzerthaus Berlin

Frank Löschner/Konzerthaus Berlin

Frank Löschner/Konzerthaus Berlin

The installation is unmissable, and really brings to light just how many lives are at stake -- and this just represents a small percentage of the refugees fleeing from Syria.

Oliver Lang/Konzerthaus Berlin

Finally, in the center of the columns is a lifeboat with two simple words that mean so much to those attempting to feel from the war-ravaged Syria: Safe Passage.

Finally, in the center of the columns is a lifeboat with two simple words that mean so much to those attempting to feel from the war-ravaged Syria: Safe Passage.

Oliver Lang/Konzerthaus Berlin

Source: Design Boom

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