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Artist buys signs from homeless people for project

CINCINNATI (Brad Underwood) -- Chances are you've read a sign held by a homeless person in Cincinnati. Maybe you've made eye contact or even given that person money.

This weekend, a Texas artist cruised the streets not only looking for homeless people, but hoping to buy their signs from them for his art project.

For 21 years, Willie Baronet has been buying signs from the homeless.

"I think like a lot of people I would look away and avert my eyes," said Baronet. "I felt crappy about that."

So, Baronet made it his mission to create an ongoing work of art to not just raise awareness about this country's homeless population, but to change preconceived notions we all have of them. 

This summer the "We Are All Homeless" project will feature signs from 24 cities from Seattle to New York.

"With the signs specifically from this trip, my goal is to do one or many art installations in various cities using the signs from this trip," said Baronet

No longer uncomfortable being feet away from a homeless person holding a sign, Baronet says the conversations he's had the homeless for more than two decades has had an impact on his life. Not many can share.

"It really changed the way I felt about it and changed the dynamic between me and them," said Baronet.

For more information about the "We Are All Homeless" project, visit and

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