Last night, for a full forty minutes, the Guggenheim Museum was covered with projections of “1%”, illustrations of debt spirals, and dollar bills.
The work of Occupy Museums, the OWS Illuminator, and G.U.L.F. (Gulf Ultra Luxury Faction), the projections were intended to draw attention to the museum’s upcoming construction project on Saadiyat Island, or “Happiness” Island. The soon-to-be glamorous destination island off of Abu Dhabi is, according to several reports, currently being developed on the backs of severely abused migrant workers. According to an investigation by the Observer, this can entail slave-like conditions where recruiters lure workers into debt traps, and employers take their passports. One work camp is reportedly located next to sewage treatment plants.