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SCULPTURE FINALIST 2016/MARINA WALSH

I am intrigued by the amorphous shapes that homeless people make out of their blankets...

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I wanted to take the 'material' – the concrete beads - that featured in my piece for the 2015 PPC Imaginarium Awards, further, and use it to express a more emotive concept.

I am intrigued by the amorphous shapes that homeless people make out of their blankets, when lying on pavements and standing on street corners. I created figurative sculptures, making an actual portrait of a familiar beggar, whom I pass every day, yet whose name I don't know. It is a type of monument to 'the homeless person’, thereby elevating him to the level of a famous person and showing him as a 'somebody' instead of a 'nobody'.

As I did in 2015, I made the blanket out of beads, this time envisioning that if the piece were to be placed somewhere, I would encourage small plants to grow in the blanket, which would in turn attract small insects and beetles looking for a home. Furthermore, the concrete represents the environment in which homeless people spend so much time, the weight of the blanket being the weight of poverty.

I would like to place this sculpture on a curb, next to a traffic light – the curb being the 'plinth' on which most beggars reside.

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