Mother Teresa mosaic made out of staples by Albanian artist

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 29 November, 2016, 12:52am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 29 November, 2016, 12:52am

An Albanian artist has built a portrait of Mother Teresa using staples, in a call for European countries to stop raising fences to shut their borders to refugees.

Built in less than a month, Saimir Strati has unveiled the 10-square-meter (12-square-yard) mosaic portrait of Teresa, built with 1.5 million wire staples, at the National Museum of Kosovo in the capital, Pristina.

Strati’s idea came after seeing hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees coming to Europe while diplomacy and politics failed to resolve their situation.

The 50-year-old Strati decided to unveil the portrait on Monday, which is Albania’s independence day. The tiny Western Balkan nation was part of the Ottoman Empire for almost five centuries until November 28, 1912.

Teresa, who was recently made a saint by the Catholic Church, was born to Albanian parents.