Muppets Revenge!



Artist Joey Skaggs has a protest/art project/demonstration ready to go for New York City starting tomorrow with his Mobile Homeless Homes (MHH) and a gang of Muppets. Continue reading for Skaggs' explanation of the unique demonstration. And more pictures.

(Image credit: Joey Skaggs Archive)

To address the issue of homelessness and the growing number of people who have lost their homes to foreclosure, Skagg will unveil his "temporary solution," a mobile set of dumpsters that can be lived in!
Although not a cure, Mobile Homeless Homes (MHH) offers a temporary solution -- low cost alternative living spaces for the millions of upside-down, underwater or foreclosed homeowners who have lost their houses due to the banking crisis that caused the real estate collapse. The MHH centerpiece is a camouflage, stealth, mobile home made from a series of connected plastic garbage cans, propelled by a tricycle, that will be undetectable by authorities. It blends into any urban environment.

(Image credit: Joey Skaggs Archive)

 
On Monday, April 23, 2012 beginning at 11:00 a.m. at 287 Spring Street (between Varick and Hudson) in New York City, Skaggs will parade his Mobile Homeless Homes prototype down to Goldman Sachs. He will be accompanied by his troupe of costumed muppets including the Fresh Juice Party band, performing their original “"Mobile Homeless blues"” ballad (lyrics). They will head from Spring Street to West Street and then down West Street to Goldman Sachs at 200 West Street. Other targeted sites will be announced at a later date on the MHH website.

Goldman Sachs has been selected as the destination for the MHH debut as it is one of the primary companies responsible for causing the housing crisis. The muppets are there to help hold them accountable, because Goldman Sachs employees commonly have disrespectfully referred to their clients as muppets. The word muppet in British slang is a derogatory term commonly used to mean idiot or loser.

(Image credit: Joey Skaggs Archive)

To avoid problems with the police, in light of events surrounding the Occupy protests, Skaggs says the MHH will be on the move at all times. He doesn't want any trouble between the mayor and Miss Piggy.

(Image credit: Joey Skaggs Archive)


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It could also be used as a 'duck blind' for urban social sciences studies - "observing the brown-haired park luncher in its own habitat". :)
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