More than 40,000 life jackets are dumped on Mediterranean shores. The Greek islands like Chios, Kos, and Lebos that were once a scenic getaway are now littered by rescue boats and life vests left behind by the Syrian war refugees. Many creative artists research on ways of effectively utilizing the litter. For example, Floor Nagler, a designer from Amsterdam created a way to turn the life jackets into bags.
Life Jackets Creatively used to create Igloos
Another such artist is Achilleas Souras, a 16-year old individual from Greece. The 16-year old artist has created an igloo out of the life vests dumped on the Greek islands. This igloo project is currently on display at Moroso’s Save Our Souls (SOS) installation, at the Milan design week.
This social-political installation is powerfully built around the dumped life jackets by war refugees. Previously, Souras has shown a similar type of igloo at the Maritime Museum, Barcelona. The Saatchi Gallery in London is also screening a video of this project. The 16-year old created the first igloo using only 52 jackets. The current igloo on display at Save Our Souls (SOS) is created using around 1,000 dumped life vests. The unique igloo also provides a temporary waterproof advantage to refugees seeking shelters.
Achilleas Souras’ Hopeful Future Plans
As reported by Azure Magazine, Souras has three motives revolving around this project. Firstly, he wants to make it appealing enough for people to respond to it. Secondly, he wants to increase awareness regarding European migrant crisis. While his third purpose is to eventually make the igloos a reality so that it benefits the refugees directly.
Souras has created the igloo by turning the life jackets into formations that resemble ice blocks. The 16-year old creative artist now wants to develop a method for easy construction of such igloos. Moreover, he also wants to construct bigger igloos so that people can live in it comfortably.
The UN Refugee Agency and the Greek Embassy of Rome significantly supports the Save Our Souls (SOS) exhibition. Concerned about the social aspect, Souras mentions that these issues globally affect everyone, and efforts must be made to solve them. He also hopes that in the long run the igloos could be used in rescue operations.