Sunday, January 30, 2011

homelessness in albuquerque

i just completed 2 installations in albuquerque, nm.  rick rinne arranged for me to go big on 2 buildings.  i'm still not sure what he does but he told me a program he's spearheading to place homeless people in homes.  i asked what the size of the homeless population is here.  out of 524,000 people in the city, there are approximately 16,000 homeless people.  i asked if the population varies seasonally.  rick wasn't sure.  the program rick is heading to get the homeless homes is program that comes out of new york city.  unfortunately, i can't remember what it's called.

today while installing on the 4th street plaza at creative albuquerque, we got to hang out while homeless people gathered to receive meals.  there were maybe 200 people there at one point getting food.  it was great interacting with them and describing the wheat pasting process.

meanwhile, it was crazy bopping around the city at 2 miles an hour on the life.  in taking the lift out of the underground garage i almost hit a parked police car and managed to hit the guide rail of the garage door such that the door got stuck 3 feet from the ground.  o well.  it occurred to me that i should probably have a permit or something to operate that thing on city streets.

mad love to wendy johnson, rick rinne, suzanne sbarge, andriana! + ernest doty.  i couldn't have done it without you guys.


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