Title: “At Night I Lay…”
For this project I have decided to construct a life size gray, concrete mold of a pillow and a blanket that will be located at the University of Washington Bothell in a bushy area. The dimensions would be approximately 1.5 feet tall and 3 feet wide. There will also be metal rods used at the base of the mold to ensure support. Along with the rods would be a wide cement base hidden underground that will make sure that the mold stays in place so that no person or wind could move the art piece. The overall cost for this project would be no more than $400.
One thing that struck me the most about homeless people is that they always have to ask themselves, “Where will I sleep tonight?” It is easy to say that most of us do not have to worry where we will end up tonight, but there are others who go without notice that they are sleeping outside. My bed is a place for me to rest and unwind from after a long day. Having a safe, warm place gives you another thing NOT to worry about. Many of us, and I know I too, take some of the things I have for granted. We do not realize exactly what we have until we lose it.
I wanted this sculpture to be as realistic as possible. There is a reason why this sculpture is not located out in the middle of the pathways of the public. Most of the time homeless people walk among us and we do not notice that they are homeless. Those who are homeless usually prefer to be unknown and try to hide the fact that they do not have a home to return to every night let alone a REAL bed. The pillow and blanket act as a mark that there was someone sleeping there last night and while we are tucked tight in our warm beds, we had no clue. I have seen bushes and “hidden” places that have served as a bed and shelter for the homeless, which was why I figured it would be appropriate for this sculpture to be located there.
My hope is that others will see the sculpture and wonder why there is a pillow and folded blanket almost hidden within the bushes. It does not have to be now that they realize why it is there, but eventually I hope there will be a connection to homelessness. Maybe others will begin to appreciate the little things they have that makes each day possible.