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Ai Weiwei Has Made A Stunning Art Project About Refugees In Germany

The Chinese artist wrapped the columns of a Berlin concert hall in life vests used by desperate refugees trying to reach European shores.

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For months, China's most acclaimed contemporary artist, Ai Weiwei, has been working on the Greek islands that are the arrival point for thousands of refugees that have poured into Europe over the past year.

On Saturday, the artist unveiled a new work dealing with the refugee crisis. His team wrapped the columns of the Berlin Concert Hall in life vests used by migrants who went on the perilous journey across the Mediterranean.

At least 374 people have died at sea this year while trying to cross into Europe, the International Organization for Migration told BuzzFeed News.


Earlier this month in the Czech capital, Prague, Ai Weiwei unveiled another refugee-themed outdoor work. He wrapped bronze animal heads depicting the traditional Chinese zodiac in thermal blankets given to refugees when they reach European shores.

David Mack is a reporter and weekend editor for BuzzFeed News in New York.

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