Tuesday, June 07, 2016

A Chessboard Made From Refugee Life Jackets

Refugees are pawns on the global chessboard.

The Chessboard of the World is a giant outdoor art installation made for World Environment Day by members of the University of the Aegean community. It attributes material and symbolic value to two key issues present in the everyday life at the university located on the Greek island of Lesbos: the unprecedented flow of refugees through the Greek coastline, and the constant flow of paper in academic pursuits.

Life jackets left by refugees on the Greek Island of Lesbos -BBC

The large chess pieces, some up to 1.2 metres high, are made from paper discarded by students, and life jackets discarded by refugees. Foam from the jackets is cut into strips and covered with sawdust and glue.

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