Sweater #195


Sometimes I think it is easier to find a place to situate a sweater in a foreign city with which I am not familiar.  It’s easier to scope out the “newness” or unseen spaces that might otherwise be taken for granted by a person who is intimately connected with a space.  Therefore, sometimes I struggle in finding places to situate these sweaters that either are significant to the various issues that this project highlights including homelessness, the housing crisis, social concerns related to housing and public participation and interaction.  While searching for a spot that was within a mile radius of a meeting I had the other day, I decided to hike around the Papago Park just north of the Salt River in Tempe.  Thinking I would find a ramada to place the sweater, I started on my journey down the dirt path lined with river rocks.  As I was heading up a hill and turned to cross an irrigation canal stemming from the Tempe Town Lake, I noticed to my right what appeared to be some dark shapes.  Intrigued, I walked the perimeter of the area which was inundated with palo verde and mesquite trees.  The trees served two purposes, one of which was providing much needed shade to an otherwise sun drenched area and the second was obscuring two tents that have been erected which obviously has provided long term shelter for some folks.  Needless to say I was amazed to find right in front of my nose two or more people who have obviously provided for themselves a relatively clean, safe harbor.  As this is a relatively highly used park, I was shocked further to find this little hideaway that sat right next to a service road for city workers who I observed driving up and down the road.  It’s moments like these–the serendipitous nature of randomly walking down this path and finding something unexpected in my own back yard that really stimulates the creative energy behind such a long term project.  I intend to find more of these experiences as I complete the remaining 170 sweaters.

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