This Life-Jacket Display In Berlin Perfectly Illustrates The Human Crisis Of Blocking Migrants

Christopher Brown

A renowned Chinese artist and activist in Berlin, Ai Weiwei, 58, has been crafting his work based on the plight of refugees who have risked and lost their lives trying to reach Europe for amnesty.

However, his latest art installation located in Berlin, employs 14,000 life jackets to cover the columns of the famous Konzerthaus concert hall venue.

HighSnobiety reports that this past December, the artist shared pictures and videos from the Greek island on his Instagram. Weiwei actually set up an art studio on the Greek island of Lesbos and was immersed in with them during their journey.

He brought back the life jackets with him to Berlin, Germany. In Berlin, he hopes to make a powerful statement about the 3,700 refugees who lost their lives trying to make their way to Europe last year with his life-jacket show.

In Berlin, Weiwei reminds everyone how refugees are living right now -- during their journey to escape war and hardship -- as we celebrate Valentine's Day with our sweethearts.

The Inquisitr reported that Denmark is trying to approve laws to deter asylum seekers from entering -- a foreshadowing of legislation to come forth in Berlin. Specifically, Denmark was pushing to seize valuables worth more than $1,500 from migrants.

But because of imposed laws as such, Al Jazeera added that more than 400 people have died this year trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea while politicians delegate in cities like Berlin. This is what inspired Weiwei's life jacket installation in Berlin.

VOA News reports that Germany is following in Denmark's footsteps -- perhaps being the reason for the life jacket protest in Berlin.

After receiving higher volumes of migrants on their shores, Germany seeks to tighten its immigration laws in response as the crisis worsens. Several Balkan states near Berlin have been designated as "safe" countries to deport failed asylum seekers.

VOA visited Berlin to witness the growing tensions on the issue first hand.

[Photo by AP Photo/Markus Schreiber]