A micro-house made of donated encyclopedias is changing the way some South Surrey residents are looking at the issue of homelessness.
“I thought we would build a small house out of recycling material.”
Artist Don Di Leger says it took a team of five one week to build the 8 foot by 8 foot encyclopedia house.
“We have the knowledge to build very small shelters for people to live in so that they can be more comfortable.”
— Friends of The Grove (@GroveFriends) December 2, 2015
Although nobody lived in the house, various groups have used the space to host events and raise awareness on the issue of homelessness in Newton.
“I originally thought of it as an art project, but it became much more.”
Di Leger built the house using donated encyclopedias with support from the Friends of the Grove organization.
“It’s been up now for 2 1/2- 3 months, and it’s actually faring quite well. The roof we made out of book covers – like plasticized book covers from children’s books and cookbooks – but otherwise it’s in good shape.”
The house hosts one last event tonight before being official retired.