The copper-leafed paper origami boats represent journey and remembrance, water and loss. The boat is accompanied by a scroll, placed within the boat, a print of starlike water light, in a “wine-dark” sea. On the scroll is a number, the total number of refugees who have died this year, from January to June, trying to cross the Mediterranean. The number who have died in 2015 is now over 2,000.
To seek refuge, to desire to thrive, is a core human impulse. What if we acknowledged that impulse as what unites, rather than divides, us?