The Empty Chair was designed by Maarten Baas on invitation of Amnesty International, and in honor of the Chinese Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo. Supporting their campaign against the increased suppression of writers, journalists, artists and activists, Maarten Baas was invited by Amnesty International to design a piece. For his peaceful battle for fundamental human rights, Liu Xiaobo was awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010. Because of he was in jail serving an 11 year imprisonment for ‘undermining of the state’, Liu Xiaobo could not accept the prize in person. Therefore, The Empty Chair was a symbol for repression.
The chair design, designed by Maarten Baas had five meters tall in heightened. He presented the unique chair during the 50th anniversary of Amnesty International on May 28, 2011 in Pakhuis De Zwijger in Amsterdam.
The unique furniture would be provided in the form of an exclusive pin.
This chair with a ladder-back reaching into the sky for human rights charity Amnesty International was designed by Dutch designer Maarten Baas. Called The Empty Chair, it was destined to Chinese Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo who was unable to receive the prize in person last year as he had been imprisoned. The piece would be presented in Amsterdam on Saturday to mark the 50th anniversary of Amnesty International.
Photographs were by Frank Tielemans.
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