Workshop: Building Mobile Shelters, February 21

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Artist Gregory Kloehn, who has now given away more than 20 mobile homes to Bay Area homeless residents, leads a free to attend workshop on how to build small homes from reclaimed, dumpstered materials. Inspired by the homeless encampments near his studio in West Oakland, each home has a footprint of approximately 3 ft. x 7 ft. Following the free to attend workshop on Saturday, February 21, 11am to 5pm, the mobile home built at SOMArts will be donated to a homeless resident of San Francisco.

This workshop takes place in and around the gallery, where Refuge in Refuse: Homesteading Art & Culture Project is on display. Please RSVP on EventBrite. Participants may bring a sack lunch (there is a fridge at SOMArts that you are welcome to use) and eat at the tables in SOMArts’ garden. There is also a taqueria and a Trader Joe’s just around the corner.

Please plan to wear clothes you can get dirty, as you may be working with paint and/or power tools.

About Refuge in Refuse: Homesteading Art & Culture Project:
For more than two decades artists, recreationalists, and the homeless have shared the Albany Bulb, a decommissioned landfill peninsula located along the east shore of the San Francisco Bay, creating infrastructure and exploring borders between public and private urban space. The group exhibition Refuge in Refuse: Homesteading Art & Culture Project includes audio stories, video, photography, painting, sculpture, interventions, and 3D scans reflecting the intersections of architecture, art, ecology and community at the Bulb. Read more… 

Image courtesy of Gregory Kloehn