Cleveland Artist finalist for $200k prize in art competition, will live in 8-foot orb for a month (video)

Cleveland Artist finalist for $200k prize in art competition, will live in 8-foot orb for a month (video)
Loren Naji (Source: Facebook)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A Cleveland artist, living for a month in an 8-foot orb, is a finalist in an art competition with a $200,000 prize.

Loren Naji, an artist with a gallery in Ohio City, is competing in Grand Rapids, Michigan's Artprize competition. In order to get his message about the homeless across, he is living inside the sphere for the month long competition. He created the piece by using 192 panels of debris or garbage from demolished homes in Cleveland, Detroit and Grand Rapids.

He spoke to us Saturday in Grand Rapids about his piece.

"It's about our backwards system of homelessness," said Naji. "Empty houses, our environment, our Earth which we're running, our Earth I think the whole system is backwards hence the name 'Emoh,' home spelled backwards."

Looking inside the small living quarters, Cleveland 19 saw a bed, nightstand, curtains and carpeting.

Naji is competing in the "time based" category, and has said that if he wins the grand prize of $200,000 he plans to donate $20,000 to a charity benefitting the homeless.

He said after the competition is complete he plans to go on a multi city tour and make it into a time capsule which he plans to open ten years later on Earth Day in Grand Rapids.

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