A six month long collaborative effort with Virginia Fleck and residents of all ages from Shalom House, a shelter for homeless families in Austin Texas, produced the sparkling, ethereal Wish House/dream house sculpture and accompanying sound track by Tim Weins.
After a series of interviews, writing and drawing sessions the residents determined that the sculpture would take shape as a floating dreamlike house with a soundtrack. Residents of Shalom House worked closely with the artist designing and constructing the sculpture and recording songs, sounds and stories for the sound track. Residents built Wish house/dream house by the simple act of chaining together recycled pop-tops from beverage cans to safety pins to create the long chains that comprise the sculpture. Shalom House child residents helped with the chaining and created hundred of trinkets that were hung all over the wish house. Wish House/dream house toured throughout Texas for 2 years helping to create visibility and a voice for a marginalized population.
Visitors had the opportunity add trinkets to Wish House/ dream house.