The city of Vancouver has had a homeless problem long before the arrival of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, yet the issue became a hot topic leading up to the event. Given the amount of money that was being spent on the Olympics itself -- wooing tourists to the city -- the issue of homelessness was for the most part, being swept under the rug.
The Homeless Quatchi Project explores the life of a beloved mascot after the biggest sporting event in the world, has packed up and left the city. Starting out as a series of photos taken during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Anniversary, in 2011, it has since evolved into different mediums.
Homeless Quatchi shines light on homelessness through art, toys and comics. The Homeless Quatchi vinyl toy can be seen acompanying it's creator Albert Art, to different local events, art shows, and comic conventions.
(Homeless Quatchi and related characters are a work of parody, based on the original Olympic Mascots designed by Meomi Design.)
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