Ai Weiwei installs huge fences in New York City to challenge Trumps border control measures

October 17, 2017 by  
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Ai Weiwei continues to address the refugee crisis through his latest multi-site, multi-media exhibition in New York City . In a campaign against Donald Trump’s border-control measures, the famous Chinese artist and human-rights activist has enclosed spaces throughout New York with gigantic security fences . The project, titled Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, includes a huge golden cage placed in Central Park, and a fence-like enclosure embedded within the Washington Square Arch. In 2016, Weiwei traveled to 23 countries and visited over 40 refugee camps while filming his documentary Human Flow . He chose a proverb from Robert Frost’s poem Mending Wall as the title for this new piece, which continues to explore the theme of borders. Related: Ai Weiwei Uses 1.2 Million LEGO Bricks to Portray 176 Political Prisoners and Exiles The artist worked with New York charity the Public Art Fund to create temporary structures in three locations in New York City. Funded through Kickstarter, the project aims to provoke and further the discussion about Trump’s plans to tighten immigration controls. The large circular gold structure, titled Gilded Cage, was installed on the Doris C Freedman Plaza, just a few minutes away from Trump Tower . The second installation is embedded in the Washington Square Arch as a mirrored passageway in the shape of two joined human figures. In Queens, Weiwei wrapped the Unisphere in Corona Park in mesh netting to create a low-lying fence. The exhibition will run until 11 February 2018, and it also includes several smaller interventions scattered throughout the city. + Ai Weiwei Photos by Jason Wyche via Public Art Fund, NY

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Report: more solar would slash 6.85m tonnes of CO2 and make refugee camps safer

November 18, 2015 by  
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Proving the benefits and capacities of clean energy know no bounds, a recent report shows adding solar power to refugee camps could significantly improve the lives of residents, while saving dollars and the planet at the same time. The Guardian reports that a report investigating energy use in refugee camps – put together by a consortium of NGOs, think tanks and donors – shows energy use by refugees has been neglected by both the international energy access lobby and humanitarian agencies. That’s despite the fact that 90 percent of families in refugee camps have no access to electricity, and camps often have no street lighting, which creates a higher risk of sexual attacks for women and girls when they need to use the toilet after dark. Read the rest of Report: more solar would slash 6.85m tonnes of CO2 and make refugee camps safer

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Revolutionary construction system builds low-cost Syrian refugee schools out of sand

August 3, 2015 by  
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