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One Thousand Shacks

Tracey Snelling's avatar Tracey Snelling
    2016 2nd place

One Thousand Shacks shows the perilous situation that the world’s poor face -- the social problems, as well as the strength that is demonstrated as they struggle to survive. A mixed media sculptural installation, it consists of a 16 ft tall x 10 ft wide wall of small-scale shacks, piled high in an organized mess. They appear as an insurmountable entity, giving weight to the 1.5 billion poverty-stricken people. Lights and video show through the windows and doors. The wall is bustling and alive. On the back, a jumble of wires, lights, electronics and wood echo the haphazard, hand-built essence found in many underserved areas. I hope to bring a larger awareness to the problem of poverty through this installation, and to express the full experience of humanity--the good, bad, and in-between. One Thousand Shacks has received support from Donald and Judy Opatrny, The West Collection, Jeffrey and Jason Friedman, Robert Fama, Idan Levin, and the Center for Cultural Innovation.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 1 foot
  • Medium: mixed media sculpture with video
  • Width: 10 feet
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 16 feet