Floating Home

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2010
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Matt Barinholtz’s work, Floating Home, is made up of fourteen carved wooden “boats” which are suspended from the ceiling. Barinholtz, who has worked with many homeless and under-privileged young adults, says that his inspiration comes from his experiences in helping these individuals return to a life off the streets by teaching them his woodworking skills.

He helped those who had previously “floated” through their days, “from couch to couch, door to door, shelter to abandoned building” and who had fallen into a lifestyle of drugs, violence, and other crimes. He said that “Saint Elizabeth’s physical transformation is akin to the achievements I have witnessed in my students-to move beyond a legacy of perceived disconnection from the community, on the ‘other side of the river.’” The boats represent this connection to the community, this time for the patients of St. Elizabeth’s.

Commissioned By
DCArts
Location

Suspended from the ceiling inside St. Elizabeth's hospital, 1100 Alabama Ave, SE

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