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Texas man travels country to buy homeless signs

July 21, 2014
Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Texas artist is traveling across the country purchasing signs from homeless people.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports ( ) Willie Baronet of Dallas stopped in the Twin Cities Tuesday as part of his monthlong cross-country trip through 24 U.S. cities. He paid $10 to $20 each for cardboard signs made by local homeless people.

The artist hopes to raise awareness of homelessness by producing a documentary film and a book, as well as featuring the signs in future art installations and exhibits.

Baronet has been purchasing signs for 21 years and estimates his collection to be around 700 signs. He said he bought his first sign in response to the guilt he felt when seeing a person asking for money on the street.


Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press,



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