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The Empty Chair by Maarten Baas

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Standing 5 meters tall and to honor Chinese Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, Amnesty International had Dutch designer Maarten Baas create this "empty chair" to support the campaign against suppression of writers, journalists, artists and activists.

According to DesignBoom, "Baas' chair design stands as a symbol for the chair that Liu Xiaobo did not sit in during the nobel prize awards ceremony back in 2010,
as he is currently serving an 11 year imprisonment for 'undermining the state'. 'The empty chair' will be presented during the 50th anniversary of Amnesty International on May 28th, 2011, in Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam."

Photos by frank tielemans


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