The days of painting and sculpture as the main recognized art forms are long gone, but in a progressively open art world, Gregory Kloehn still manages to set one hell of an example with his choice of artistic expression.
Utilizing various items found in garbage piles and dumpsters, Kloehn uses his experience as a sculpture and builder to craft small, but useful homes for the massive homeless population in Oakland, California. His creations are not mansions; some only have the barest of functions, and are simply movable shelters -- but for individuals sleeping on the Oakland streets, this is more than a blessing.
Free And Secure Shelters For the Homeless
Not only does Kloehn build these creative shelters free of charge for the homeless population, he incorporates unique features designed specifically with the homeless in mind. Each home consists of a pitched roof, preventing the collection of rain water atop the structure, and wheels for ease of movement, as homeless individuals are often nomadic.
In addition, Kloehn also pays special attention to the colors of the homes he creates, using bright and pastel colors designed to give each home special character. Every home is also equipped with a lock to provide at least some sense of security in an otherwise unsafe world.
As Kloehn is only one man and cannot possibly construct homes for all the homeless in Oakland, he's toying with the idea of creating community classes for his art in order to teach others how to make the same difference within their own communities and beyond.
With the right dedication and interest, Kloehn has the potential to spread his knowledge and skills across the nation to increase quality of life for the homeless around the United States. While it is undeniable that these individuals ultimately need a more stable lifestyle, providing them with unique, practical homes is certainly an excellent and humane start.
You can find out more about Gregory's work here.Image credit: Gregory Kloehn