“The Invisible Man,” Chinese artist Liu Bolin, is back at it, this time teaming up with the United Nations for his latest camouflaged work. Blending in with the UN’s 193 flags, The Future sees the hand-painted Bolin raising awareness for the intergovernmental organization’s Global Goals campaign — a series of of ambitious targets to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice and tackle climate change over the next 15 years. The goals are due to be officially adopted by the UN’s 193 individual members states September 25. Said Bolin of The Future:
Compared with my former works, where I draw attention to social issues by hiding myself in the background, this piece aims to make people think about the future of human beings. I want this new work to help raise consciousness about issues such as poverty, unbalanced development, and global climate change. We can’t stand idle around these issues. We need to do something. Art cannot change the future, of course, but it can touch the present. I hope that through this work, more and more people will become aware of how serious the issues we face are, and start making an effort to change the world.