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Art imitates life to highlight homelessness

David Whelan

Published 04/08/2011 | 05:00

COMMUTERS appeared surprised -- and slightly confused -- when they were greeted by a number of new sculptures on the way to work yesterday.

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The 10 life-size statues that sprang up overnight throughout Dublin were even mistaken as impressive mime artists by some. But in fact the bronze objects are part of an Ending Homelessness Exhibition organised by Focus Ireland.

The exhibition -- titled 'Out here I survive. In a home I could live' -- will run for the first three weeks in August and is aimed at promoting awareness of more than 5,000 homeless people in Ireland.

The sculptures previously featured in Denmark, Norway, Romania, Wales, Hungary and Portugal.

Focus Ireland has adopted the exhibition as part of its year-long 25th anniversary, which runs until September this year.

The exhibition is an initiative by the Danish organisation UDENFOR. All of the artworks are the creation of Danish sculptor Jens Galshiot.

Irish Independent

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