Ai Weiwei's haunting new work drapes concert hall in refugees' life vests

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Ai Weiwei's haunting new work drapes concert hall in refugees' life vests
A art installation by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei with life vests used by refugees and collected at the Greek island of Lesbos is set up at the Konzerthaus Berlin (Concert Hall Berlin) for the Cinema For Peace gala alongside the 2016 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. The charity gala will take place at the Konzerthaus on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 14: An art installation by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei that consists of life vests worn by refugees bound to the columns of the concert house next to a statue at Gendarmenmarkt on February 14, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. The life vests were among the thousands discarded by migrants and refugees after they crossed the sea from Turkey to Greece. Ai Weiwei lives in Berlin and is currently involved in several projects relating to refugees. Up to 80,000 refugees currently live in Berlin and the city is preparing for the likely arrival of 30,000 more in 2016. (Photo by Clemens Bilan/Getty Images)
A art installation by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei with life vests used by refugees and collected on the Greek island of Lesbos is set up at the Konzerthaus Berlin (Concert Hall Berlin) for the Cinema For Peace gala alongside the 2016 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. The charity gala will take place at the Konzerthaus on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 14: People walk past an art installation by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei that consists of life vests worn by refugees bound to the columns of the concert house at Gendarmenmarkt on February 14, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. The life vests were among the thousands discarded by migrants and refugees after they crossed the sea from Turkey to Greece. Ai Weiwei lives in Berlin and is currently involved in several projects relating to refugees. Up to 80,000 refugees currently live in Berlin and the city is preparing for the likely arrival of 30,000 more in 2016. (Photo by Clemens Bilan/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 14: An art installation by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei that consists of life vests worn by refugees bound to the columns of the concert house at Gendarmenmarkt on February 14, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. The life vests were among the thousands discarded by migrants and refugees after they crossed the sea from Turkey to Greece. Ai Weiwei lives in Berlin and is currently involved in several projects relating to refugees. Up to 80,000 refugees currently live in Berlin and the city is preparing for the likely arrival of 30,000 more in 2016. (Photo by Clemens Bilan/Getty Images)
Life jackets are fixed at the columns of the Konzerthaus concert hall at Berlin's Gendarmenmarkt place on February 13, 2016 to complete a temporary installation by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. Ai Weiwei aims to draw attention to the terrible fate of refugees who were drowned on their way to Europe. The live vests were provided by the Greek island of Lesbos. / AFP / dpa / Jörg Carstensen / Germany OUT / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION (Photo credit should read JORG CARSTENSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Assistants of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei decorate the columns of Berlin's Konzerthaus concert hall with lifejackets, on February 13, 2016, as part of a temporary installation intended to remind people of the ongoing refugee crisis. The Cinema for Peace gala will be held at the Konzerthaus on February 15, 2016, on the sidelines of the Berlinale Film Festival. / AFP / John MACDOUGALL / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Life jackets are fixed at the columns of the Konzerthaus concert hall at Berlin's Gendarmenmarkt place on February 13, 2016 to complete a temporary installation by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. Ai Weiwei aims to draw attention to the terrible fate of refugees who were drowned on their way to Europe. The live vests were provided by the Greek island of Lesbos. / AFP / dpa / Jörg Carstensen / Germany OUT / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION (Photo credit should read JORG CARSTENSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 14: An art installation by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei that consists of life vests worn by refugees bound to the columns of the concert house next to a statue at Gendarmenmarkt on February 14, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. The life vests were among the thousands discarded by migrants and refugees after they crossed the sea from Turkey to Greece. Ai Weiwei lives in Berlin and is currently involved in several projects relating to refugees. Up to 80,000 refugees currently live in Berlin and the city is preparing for the likely arrival of 30,000 more in 2016. (Photo by Clemens Bilan/Getty Images)
A art installation by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei with life vests used by refugees and collected at the Greek island of Lesbos is set up at the Konzerthaus Berlin (Concert Hall Berlin) for the Cinema For Peace gala alongside the 2016 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. The charity gala will take place at the Konzerthaus on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
The columns of Berlin's Konzerthaus concert hall are decorated with lifejackets as art installation of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei as an installation intended to remind people of the ongoing refugee crisis ahead the Cinema for Peace event at the Konzerthaus in Berlin on February 15, 2016, on the sidelines of the Berlinale Film Festival. / AFP / John MACDOUGALL / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 14: An art installation by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei showcases thousands of used life vests by refugees from the Greek island of Lesbos, on February 14, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. The orange vests are wrapped around the pillars of the city's Konzerthaus to highlight the plight of refugees trying to reach Europe . (Photo by Mehmet Kaman/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's newest art installation made its debut this week consisting of thousands of life vests once worn by refugees bound to the columns of the Konzerthaus Berlin in Berlin, Germany.

The life vests were among the thousands discarded by migrants and refugees after they crossed the sea from Turkey to the Greek island of Lesbos.

Up to 80,000 refugees currently live in Berlin and the city is preparing for the likely arrival of 30,000 more in 2016.

Ai Weiwei lives in Berlin and is currently involved in several projects relating to refugees.

Refugee Life Vests Makes Massive and Powerful Statement In Berlin

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