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Texas Man Buys Signs from Homeless Nationwide

Posted on 7/22/2014 by with 0 comments

A Texas artist who is traveling across the country purchasing signs from homeless people stopped in St. Paul Tuesday.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports Willie Baronet of Dallas made the 11th stop of his monthlong cross-country trip through 24 U.S. cities.

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.

 

 

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