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Migrant lifejackets turned into artwork in Copenhagen

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/20/2017
People walk past the new artwork entitled ‘Soleil Levant' (sunrise in French) by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, made from over 3,500 lifejackets discarded by migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos, following its official inauguration at Copenhagen’s Kunsthal Charlottenborg museum in Copenhagen, Denmark, Tuesday June 20, 2017. Weiwei has barricaded the windows of the museum for his provocative new artwork as a striking reminder of the ongoing migrant crisis, inaugurated Tuesday on World Refugee Day. (AP Photo / James Brooks) © The Associated Press People walk past the new artwork entitled ‘Soleil Levant' (sunrise in French) by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, made from over 3,500 lifejackets discarded by migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos, following its official inauguration at Copenhagen’s Kunsthal Charlottenborg museum in Copenhagen, Denmark, Tuesday June 20, 2017. Weiwei has barricaded the windows of the museum for his provocative new artwork as a striking reminder of the ongoing migrant crisis, inaugurated Tuesday on World Refugee Day. (AP Photo / James Brooks)

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — In the sun-soaked setting of Copenhagen's Nyhavn harbour, there is a striking reminder of the ongoing migrant crisis taking place on Europe's shores.

People view the new artwork by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, entitled ‘Soleil Levant' (sunrise in French) made from over 3,500 lifejackets discarded by migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos, following its official inauguration at Copenhagen’s Kunsthal Charlottenborg museum in Copenhagen, Denmark, Tuesday June 20, 2017. Weiwei has barricaded the windows of the museum for his provocative new artwork as a striking reminder of the ongoing migrant crisis, inaugurated Tuesday on World Refugee Day. (AP Photo / James Brooks) © The Associated Press People view the new artwork by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, entitled ‘Soleil Levant' (sunrise in French) made from over 3,500 lifejackets discarded by migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos, following its official inauguration at Copenhagen’s Kunsthal Charlottenborg museum in Copenhagen, Denmark, Tuesday June 20, 2017. Weiwei has barricaded the windows of the museum for his provocative new artwork as a striking reminder of the ongoing migrant crisis, inaugurated Tuesday on World Refugee Day. (AP Photo / James Brooks)

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei has barricaded the windows of the Kunsthal Charlottenborg museum with more than 3,500 salvaged lifejackets worn by migrants and collected on the Greek island of Lesbos.

Part of a new artwork by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, entitled ‘Soleil Levant' (sunrise in French) made from over 3,500 lifejackets discarded by migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos, following its official inauguration at Copenhagen’s Kunsthal Charlottenborg museum in Copenhagen, Denmark, Tuesday June 20, 2017. Weiwei has barricaded the windows of the museum for his provocative new artwork as a striking reminder of the ongoing migrant crisis, inaugurated Tuesday on World Refugee Day. (AP Photo / James Brooks) © The Associated Press Part of a new artwork by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, entitled ‘Soleil Levant' (sunrise in French) made from over 3,500 lifejackets discarded by migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos, following its official inauguration at Copenhagen’s Kunsthal Charlottenborg museum in Copenhagen, Denmark, Tuesday June 20, 2017. Weiwei has barricaded the windows of the museum for his provocative new artwork as a striking reminder of the ongoing migrant crisis, inaugurated Tuesday on World Refugee Day. (AP Photo / James Brooks)

The artwork is named "Soleil Levant" — French for "Sunrise" and was inaugurated Tuesday, which is World Refugee Day.

Part of a new artwork by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, entitled ‘Soleil Levant' (sunrise in French) made from over 3,500 lifejackets discarded by migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos, following its official inauguration at Copenhagen’s Kunsthal Charlottenborg museum in Copenhagen, Denmark, Tuesday June 20, 2017. Weiwei has barricaded the windows of the museum for his provocative new artwork as a striking reminder of the ongoing migrant crisis, inaugurated Tuesday on World Refugee Day. (AP Photo / James Brooks) © The Associated Press Part of a new artwork by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, entitled ‘Soleil Levant' (sunrise in French) made from over 3,500 lifejackets discarded by migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos, following its official inauguration at Copenhagen’s Kunsthal Charlottenborg museum in Copenhagen, Denmark, Tuesday June 20, 2017. Weiwei has barricaded the windows of the museum for his provocative new artwork as a striking reminder of the ongoing migrant crisis, inaugurated Tuesday on World Refugee Day. (AP Photo / James Brooks)

"Obviously Ai Weiwei wants to put attention to the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe, or as he calls it, the human crisis," says Kunsthal Charlottenborg director Michael Thouber.

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