This Giant Chessboard Is Made Of Refugees And Migrants’ Life Jackets
posted at Huffington Post
“It’s a metaphor for the human struggle for survival, for better life and prosperous future.”
Students, staff and volunteers at University of the Aegean on the Greek island of Lesbos have taken the boats and life jackets left on beaches by migrants and refugees and have turned them into a giant chessboard.
Making a giant chessboard from refugee life jackets
posted at Al Jazeera
For World Environment Day, Aegean University volunteers presented chessboard made of life jackets and academic papers. The Chessboard of the World is a giant outdoor art installation, created by artist Fereniki Tsamparli and realised by the University of the Aegean. The work 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.
Donald Trump once told this reporter that Syrians are simply pawns in the game of life; and indeed the people of Syria have long felt like they are merely game pieces on a global chess board -- which makes the symbolism of this giant art project located on the campus of University of the Aegean in Greece so meaningful and appropriate.