The Dragon Boat Festival

Untried and untested we set out on the road to the Dragon Boat festival at Sloan’s Lake with a tiny home in tow and whole lot of lemonade. There, as a peculiarity amongst the dragon boats and food trucks our tiny home sat silhouetted by the water front. Seeing it there in one piece, having endured I-25 and few potholed roads, was a comforting sight for eyes that had looked upon its naked frame not a week earlier and claimed, “Dragon Boat might be a long shot!” But, we made it – more than that, with the help of Deborah Yang, we created a refuge on the water front. Guests to IMBY were welcomed out of the elements into a place that provided momentary shelter to encounter a permanent solution for someone’s homelessness. As people were welcomed into the space they also encountered an occupant. Deborah Yang activated the space and engaged visitors in discussion about places of rest. For those experiencing homelessness the prevalence of camping bans and newly erected barriers has radically shifted the ways in which people find places of rest. Deborah was a temporary resident of the home, but her amicable presence begs guests to see the tiny home movement in a much more intimate way. A tiny home is more than the sum of its trendy yellow door and dropout deck – it is a refuge for those who seek the care unto which only a home can provide at a fraction of the cost.

 Robin Gallite the RedLine Deputy Director and Artist Deborah Jang.

Robin Gallite the RedLine Deputy Director and Artist Deborah Jang.