International artist Luke Jerram unveils his hauntingly beautiful "Invisible Homeless" sculpture on the streets of Bristol.
Luke Jerram’s stunning, fragile glass sculpture tells a story of vulnerable lives and hidden situations. The life size glass sleeping figure was made as part of an Arts Council funded residency at the Glass Hub UK in partnership with 1625ip.
Artist Luke Jerram explains:
“For every person you see sleeping on the streets, there are many others sleeping in hostels, squats and other forms of unsatisfactory and insecure accommodation. I was interested to see whether the sculpture would be ignored and treated like street furniture as homeless people often are in a city. I hope the artwork will raise awareness of the problem and that the public will feel moved to support the charity, to make a difference.”
Here at 1625 Independent People (1625ip), we hope it will help highlight that the homelessness you can "see" is only the tip of the iceberg.
Street homelessness is on the rise again having fallen for a number of years and as the problem lands literally on our doorsteps – it’s becoming difficult to ignore.
The haunting glass figure reminds us that the vast majority of over 500 young people we support at any given time come to us while living in temporary, unsafe, insecure housing on borrowed time, when the next step is the street. They are homeless already – you just can’t see them.