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Steam Heat, Hand-painted, forcefully twisted rope, collage on .75" custom shaped Plexiglas, steam radiator vent air valves, miniature cloth dolls, digital printing on organdy fabric. 8.75" x 22" x32"

More than 11,000 children under six live in New York City's shelter system. Steam Heat is about two babies who were burned to death by the steam from a faulty radiator valve in one of New York City's "cluster" apartments for the homeless. The story is printed on the sheer, organdy fabric strips to symbolize the steam in that fateful room and the color of the babies afterwards.

Photography by Paul Takeuchi