Artist fills museum walls with "plight" of refugees

Jul 07, 2017, 8:55 AM EDT
(Source: Ann Wuyts/flickr)
(Source: Ann Wuyts/flickr)

Artist Ai Weiwei is drawing world’s attention to the plight of refugees by stuffing some 3,500 salvaged life jackets into the windows of the Copenhagen art museum Kunsthal Charlottenborg. The installation, named Soleil Levant, was unveiled on June 20, which is the United Nations World Refugee Day.

The artwork parallels the gut-wrenching condition of thousands of refugees, who take on perilous sea journey crammed in rubber dinghies, risking their lives in pursuit of peace and better future, writes Design Boom.

Using refugee lifejacket as a powerful symbol, the artist captures the political and social reality that seems to have played its part in the unfolding of this humanitarian crisis, notes Creators.