“X-Fois Gens Chaise, or X-Times People Chair, is a site-specific piece created by German artist Angie Hiesl. During each performance, selected people between the ages of 60 and 70 float overhead on metal white chairs attached to the façade of various buildings.
As the performers sit, perched in the air, they conduct normal, everyday activities such as reading the newspaper, folding clothes, knitting, and having a snack—they just happen to be doing these activities from 20 feet off the ground!”
This brings modern art to a whole new level, literally.
As I walked through downtown Chicago, I noticed an interesting phenomenon with many homeless people on the street; they were holding clean white signs that read “Please Help” or “Homeless” written in smooth Helvetica font.
Was this a new local government initiative? Who was supplying Chicago’s homeless with clean, laminated signs? After doing some research I discovered that the project, called “Homeless Signs” was created by 28 year old Christopher Devine. Devine has distributed 150 signs since October of 2011.
One of the most interesting things I found out is that Devine himself does not advocate panhandling, and does not give money to people on the street. He is doing the project for a different reason.
“The signs are intended to function on at least two levels: helping the homeless in the short term while jogging awareness among the rest of us that leads to solutions.”
“It gets to the point without me having to say anything,” says LeRoyy Harden, a homeless man who panhandles on Michigan Avenue.
Harden’s quote was particularly poignant. These signs have restored a bit of dignity for Chicago’s homeless, while helping them survive on a daily basis.