Disturbing installations depicting crying children in cages pop up across New York City

Posted at 9:40 AM, Jun 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-12 09:40:53-04

NEW YORK CITY - Dozens of pop-up installations are stopping New Yorkers in their tracks Wednesday morning, hoping to draw more attention to the treatment of migrant children in government custody at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The 24 installations are powerful, haunting and some are saying disturbing, but organizers say that's the point.

The pop-up exhibits are models of "children" in fenced-in cages, wrapped under thin blankets on the ground, audibly crying - using real audio recordings of children crying.

Kicking off the #NoKidsInCages campaign to bring more attention to the crisis at the border, the organizers say they are intended to be "an emotional, provocative, multi-sensory experience that represents the conditions that children are being subjected to at the border due to the Department of Justice's Zero Tolerance Immigration Enforcement Policy."

Six migrant children have died in recent months while in government custody, while thousands of children have been separated from their parents and shuffled from state to state.

The guerrilla installations began popping up around 6 a.m. Wednesday in high-trafficked areas and outside media outlets, including the New York Times, Fox News, CNN, Newsweek, Vice, Union Square, the Brooklyn Bridge and Rockefeller Center.

Full list of installation locations:

  • Columbia/Barnard
  • Natural History Museum
  • CNN
  • Hunter College
  • Fox News
  • NBC
  • Madison Square Park
  • Union Square
  • Buzzfeed
  • 9th & 2nd/NYU
  • Newsweek
  • Google/Chelsea Market
  • Whitney/Highline
  • Instagram/Huffpo
  • Broadway & Houston
  • Refinery 29
  • Brooklyn Bridge Entrance
  • Brooklyn Bridge View (Dumbo)
  • YMCA Park Slope
  • York St. F (Dumbo)
  • Vice
  • Barclays/Atlantic Center
  • Bedford Stop (Williamsburg)
  • McCarren Park