Artist highlights refugee crisis with floating life jacket installation

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Chinese architect and conceptual artist Ai Weiwei has arranged 1,005 life jackets used by Syrian refugees into the shape of lotus flowers for a floating installation in the Austrian capital city of Vienna.

Entitled F Lotus, the installation features 201 rings arranged into the shape of the letter F.

Each of the rings has either red, orange or blue life jackets and floats like a lotus blossom on the pond at the park of the Belvedere museum.

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Ai Weiwei created the installation as part of his continued campaign to raise awareness of Syrian refugees. The artist set up a studio on the Greek island of Lesbos to highlight the issue.

“There are over 500,000 life jackets left (on the Greek Island of Lesbos) and it looks like a landscape,” he said. “It is something so related to individuals. It could be the last thing you grab when you have to escape.”

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