Friday, May 1, 2009

From Even Tinier Beginings

It's been a bit of a Mr. Toad's Wild Ride to get from the first inklings of an idea, more than a year and a half ago, to the Homeless Chateau finally being erected in its semi-permanent artist residency location.  A little known fact about the Homeless Chateau is that its original working title was Chateau for Homeless Artist.  It evolved into the Homeless Chateau to address and raise awareness about the broader issues of homelessness.  

With that mission accomplished (in a small way), and with no takers on my offer of the Homeless Chateau for free to anyone who could ensure that it would directly benefit a homeless person, the little building is finally going outside into the big wide world, where it will be, I hope, a laboratory for artists to explore the barest essentials of their environmental and creative needs.

Picture is of the Homeless Chateau scale model (G.I. Joe/Action Man 1:6 scale), 2008, plywood, vinyl, rubber, clear plastic, homemade sleeping bag and pillow, 9 x 8 x 16 inches. 

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