Texas Man Buys Signs from Homeless Nationwide
A Texas artist who is traveling across the country purchasing signs from homeless people stopped in St. Paul Tuesday.
During his visit, Baronet met with Margaret Kelly, a Lutheran pastor who is organizing a new congregation to serve the homeless and others living in poverty. The pair scouted sign-purchasing locations together, paying $10 to $20 each for cardboard signs made by homeless people.
The artist hopes to raise awareness of homelessness by producing a documentary film and a book, as well as featuring the signs in future art installations and exhibits.
“There is a part of me that wants to make people uncomfortable, too,” Baronet said. “I’m trying to put it in a context where they’re less likely to ignore the signs.”
His project is being funded by the $48,000 he raised on a crowd-sourced funding site.