You may not be aware that illiteracy is still a large societal issue, even in countries like the United States and the United Kingdom, but it definitely is. With 32 million illiterate adults living in the US and another 5 million in the UK, it’s real a problem – one that the people at Project Literacy are always looking for ways to tackle.
They’ve recently joined forces with artist Sam Pierpoint, who is creating a sculpture called “Illiteracy” in order to help people visualize all of the challenges (like unemployment and homelessness) that can go hand-in-hand with the inability to read and write.
“As somebody who suffers with dyslexia,” she says, “I can appreciate what illiterate people may be facing. My work is about showing emotion. You can really see that they are suffering.”
Her sculpture, IlliteraCity, is meant to represent a world without reading, and it aims to raise awareness of the problem both in the States and across the pond.
Check out the video below to see some of Pierpoint’s work and to hear what inspired her to get involved.