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Chinese dissident Ai WeiWei installed fences all over New York City to represent the refugee crisis

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A new public art exhibition in New York City is calling attention to the Global Refugee Crisis. Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, in conjunction with New York's Public Art Fund, installed 300 pieces throughout the city for the project titled "Good Fences Make Good Neighbors." The pieces are spread throughout the five boroughs and are found on rooftops, lamp posts, bus stops and other urban infrastructure.

Originally from China, Ai lived in New York City in the 1980's and after dropping out of art school, continued to live in the country undocumented. Ai returned to China in the 1990's and became an outspoken political activist which led to an arrest in 2010 which prevented him from leaving the country until 2015.

The many structures of "Good Fences Make Good Neighbors," is intended to represent the current refugee crisis that impacted a record 65 million people worldwide in 2016.


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