Art installation depicting kids in cages pops up in NYC

Scattered across New York City on Wednesday were around 20 cages with what appeared to be a child inside, sobbing. They were reminiscent of the images coming out of U.S. border facilities, where migrants who tried to cross without legal documentation now sleep in cramped, fenced-in areas under foil blankets. 

The children inside these New York City cages aren’t real — but they are intended to evoke the same emotions as the children held in detention facilities.

The cages are art installations, an idea launched by ad agency Badger & Winters for a nonprofit advocacy group, Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES). 

Their #NoKidsInCages campaign immediately drew attention with the chain-link cages, which were placed in front of various landmarks around Manhattan and Brooklyn. Not only did each cage have a model of a child inside, they also emitted an eerie audio recording of a crying child that was actually smuggled out of a detention center, according to Badger & Winters’ press release.

No cop.
1 cop.
2 cops…3.
How many @NYPDnews officers does it take to check out an installation piece? 🙄 #NoKidsInCages pic.twitter.com/24BpWsrvt7

— RAICES (@RAICESTEXAS) June 12, 2019

The #NoKidsInCages art installations were strategically placed outside of media companies, city landmarks and tourist destinations. New Yorkers who spotted the cages across the concrete jungle shared images on social media. Often times, witnesses snapped photos as the cages were being removed by police officers and in some instances, construction workers. 

Seen in front of Barclays in Brooklyn pic.twitter.com/aaF24Oyitd

— Sam Seder (@SamSeder) June 12, 2019

Let’s get it out of the way so it’s good folks don’t have to deal with these uncomfortable truths. Let’s carry on the business of capitalism #nokidsincages pic.twitter.com/gWFxrgSFx5

— Realz (@RealzTenisFanz) June 12, 2019

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