Ai Weiwei Addresses The Refugee Crisis With His Latest Art Installation
The piece uses 1,005 life jackets to form a lotus-like pattern on a pool of water
In spite of mounting criticism, Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei continues to address the refugee crisis through his work with F Lotus, an installation composed of 1,005 life jackets worn by refugees as a centerpiece to his first solo exhibition in Austria.
The installation features 201 rings, each with five worn life jackets arranged in the shape of floating lotus blossoms forming the letter ‘F,’ located on the pond at Upper Belvedere in the Belvedere Museum, Vienna. The artist set up a studio on the Greek island of Lesbos—where the life jackets were found—to highlight the difficulties refugees face, and the piece addresses the crisis by highlighting the number of refugees trying to reach Europe.