House of the Homeless
The “House of the Homeless” is going to be a tent. The overall materials that is going to be used in building this sculpture are: Brazilian soapstone, cement, concrete, sand, dirt, and steel rods. Furthermore, the main material that the tent is going to be made out of is Brazilian soapstone, each stone having a name of a homeless person. It is going to be cut into rock like pieces using chisels and then have it plastered to one another using cement. Basically, it would look like a group of cut out rocks glued together to signify a tent. For the safety of others, within each stone there will be steel rods, which viewers can’t see, drilled to connect each stone to one another in order to prevent rocks from breaking off the cement.
The tent on the outside is going to look like a normal tent that has all the elements a real tent would have, such as: rods, sheet cover, and even pins that hold the tent to the ground. The rods would be made out of steel rods that have been dipped in cement to match the rest of the sculpture. The sheet cover will made out of small stones attached to each other by bendable steel rods to overlap over the tent. Lastly the pins that attaches the sheet cover to the ground, will be from the same stone material used for the tent, however it carved to like a pin. From within the tent is going to be left hollow and empty besides a single concrete sleeping bag, to ensure life expectancy, which is attached and seen as a part of the tent overall. The overall color of the tent is going to be based on the stone color. Therefore, since the type of stone used it going to be Brazilian soapstone, the tents main color would be gray with a hint of dark blue; inside and out. Since the measurement of this sculpture is going to be representing a real life tent the sculpture is going to measure six feet long, three feet wide, and four feet long. However, since a tent is not even on all sides the length on top of the tent is going to measure five feet long, and the side angle lengths from top to bottom is measured at four and half feet.
The tent sculpture should be placed at the entrance of the main campus where the buildings uw1 and uw2 are facing each other (where the old “W” symbol used to be). This location is at the entrance of the main UWB campus, where it has buildings surrounding it, ensuring that people will be walking and noticing the artwork. The sculpture will be implanted onto a concrete base, where it will help ensure that the whole piece will stay intact, and if the sculpture ever needs to be relocated it can easily be done so without any harm to the art piece.
The reason why I wanted to design and build sculpture of a tent is because a tent is the closest thing a homeless person can find to live in. What made me realize a tent is a home for the homeless was when our BCUSP 191 class went and visited tent city. Tent city had many tents next to each other, just like how in a neighborhood cul-de-sac has many homes next to each other. Therefore, as my title says, “House of the Homeless” I have made a sculpture on how the homeless people see as their houses when put in their situation.
Each stone that is used on the tent has a name of a homeless person that represents an ignored, lonely, and isolated homeless person. The Brazilian soapstone was used to build the tent sculpture because a stone is known to be a solid and hard object that is usually kicked or thrown or even ignored left laying where it is placed; like a homeless person. For example, there are some people, and even cities that ignores the homeless people, makes it harder for the homeless people to live in, and even takes the homeless people’s only “house” from them; kicking them out of the area they are living in, just like a stone. Although, when you put many stones together a person or city can’t do or even move them that easily, creating a unified and strong homeless community. Therefore, by having all the stones gathered together, forming a tent, I believe that it represents unity of the homeless people on how they stand up for one another, creating a community, family, and a home for a homeless person.
In addition to that, regardless of what a person does to a stone it is always going to be around. Having said that, no matter what is done to the homeless people, they are always going to be around, unless a solution is made. So that’s why I wanted to design and build a tent that represents a house for a homeless person as this is what a homeless person would be capable of having, and also having it made out of stone to shows how the homeless are seen as worthless, ignored and are usually not wanted, while when they are unified amazing things can happen.