An artist and an activist, Ai Weiwei designed a human rights flag to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Minimalist in appearance — a dotted silhouette of a footprint on a blue background, the symbol is inspired by the artist's "time [...] visiting Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh."
Customary for every piece of good activist art, the human rights flag symbolism goes beyond its appearance. For Weiwei, the footprint inherently signifies "displaced people." In preparing for the launch of his work, the Chinese artist took 100 muddy footprints of people in various locations. The markings were instilled in the design of the flag afterward.
The intent of the human rights flag is to "offer hope in times of turbulence" and it was commissioned for a 'Fly The Flag' campaign.