At Christmastime, many folks become a little more charitable. But for the rest of the year, people living on the edge of society still experience hardship.
To remind those more fortunate of the plight of the homeless, artist Luke Jerram partnered with Bristol, England's youth homeless charity 1625 Independent People to create a sculpture intended to make you think.
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It's a life-sized glass shape of a sleeping figure. Called "Invisible Homeless," the sculpture appeared briefly on in a few different locations, including on Park Street in Bristol, on the Bristol Bridge and in Stokes Croft.
"For every person you see sleeping on the streets, there are many others sleeping in hostels, squats and other forms of unsatisfactory and insecure accommodation. I was interested to see whether the sculpture would be ignored and treated like street furniture as homeless people often are in a city. I hope the artwork will raise awareness of the problem and that the public will feel moved to support the charity, to make a difference."
In the U.K. alone, 150,000 young people requested housing assistance from their local authority, with almost half of them turned away.
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Jerram made the sculpture by creating a plaster mold first of a man sleeping on his side, then draping the mold with fabric and pouring a glass mixture over the top that hardened into the shape.
Here's a video that shows how Jerram made the sculpture.