Missing People

Broken People

This piece is entitled "Missing People" and is motivated by the pan handlers that we see (or try to avoid seeing) on the street corners of our city. Our intention with this piece is to bring awareness to their humanity by creatively representing them as people who are often missing from the lives of others, or who may be missing their interaction and acceptance by others; hence the ambiguous title. It is a three dimensional, fiberboard, sculpture that will seek to draw in the onlooker to relate to the addictions, heart brokenness, mental illness, despair, and unspoken needs of these individuals and at the same time be a reminder of the hope that exists for all. By drawing attention to the pan handler, it is our hope that through this piece that its audience will see themselves more clearly, and in so doing, find an inner conviction to stop and see these "missing people" more realistically .

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 3.5 ft.
  • Medium: Fiberboard & Sculpting
  • Width: 3.5 ft.
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 16 ft.

About Broken People

This is a multicultural, co-ed, multigenerational team assembled intentionally to reflect the diversity and the complexity of the ones for which this piece represents. Most of us attend the same inner-city church here in Grand Rapids (City Life Church) and have dealt with addiction, mental illness and other unspoken hardships that lead to despair.