Art installations blast audio of sobbing, detained children across New York City

The Madison Square Park installationimage by @RAICESTEXAS via Twitter

"It is a pop-up art installation of the most dystopian kind: Small kids curled up in foil survival blankets in cages..."

Washington Post - June 12, 2019

It is a pop-up art installation of the most dystopian kind: Small kids curled up underneath foil survival blankets in chain-link cages, with audio of crying detained children wailing through speakers, dropped onto sidewalks throughout New York City.

The guerrilla art installations, 24 in all, were plopped in front of the offices of news organizations, Google and highly trafficked areas of the city on Wednesday, depicting the most vivid sounds and migrant children detained by federal authorities at the U.S. southern border.

"Papa,” a detained child wept in one recording at an installation, a real moment captured inside a holding facility and published by ProPublica last year. Border Patrol agents joked with each other in that recording, as children cried out for their parents. The audio drew immense public outrage and demands that the Department of Homeland Security change its policies.

The audio was so “haunting” and “disturbing,” a local TV station said, a camera crew kept its distance from one installation to prevent capturing the audio on their broadcast.

“Brought me to my knees just now,” one passerby said.

The installations appear to be made of paper made to look like a sleeping migrant child. Some include a girl’s ponytail peeking out from under the blanket. ...
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