Why Are There 1550 Chairs Stacked Between These Buildings?

If you walked past a certain lot in Istanbul, Turkey a few years ago, you’d probably start scratching your head. The lot was filled for 1550 wooden chairs stacked three stories high. The chairs were carefully stacked so that they would not topple over onto those passing by.

The seemingly random display was actually an art installation by Doris Salcedo.

The art piece was meant to represent faceless migrants around the world.

It was not the first time that Salcedo had worked with chairs. Here’s another piece that honors those killed in a failed coup.

The installation was not permanent and the lot is now a parking area.

We’re a bit surprised that no pranksters tried to set the entire stack on fire.

H/T: MyModernMet

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