Awnings: Shelter, 1990

Public, civic performative sculpture,New Haven, CT

The intent of this sculpture was to examine the territory between Yale University and the city of New Haven. The work provided a framework for the public and the Yale community to 'see' marginalized, overlooked and inevitably, ignored individuals while they continued to share public space with the larger community. McCallum built a temporary sculpture or shell of pounded aluminum located over the heating grates on the walkway between Jonathan Edwards and Berkeley Colleges, two of Yale's undergraduate housing facilities. For years, these grates had functioned as heated shelters for the homeless. With the permission of Yale University and the full participation of the individuals who used the heating grates, the awnings were installed for six weeks.

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