Date: Sun, 26 May 2013 02:34:50 +0200
- SIMPLY NORMAL YOUTH
Creative Work for Justice: The Home Dome
Twelve year-old Max Wallack, a young inventor, while on a trip to Chicago saw many homeless people living on the streets. "I felt very sorry for these people," says Max, "and ever since then, felt that my goal and obligation was to find a way to help them. As a contestant in PBS' Design Squad Trash-to-Treasure contest Max designed an emergency shelter for homeless people, refugees or disaster victims. Made entirely of trash, Max's prototype shelter “The Home Dome” is a yurt or igloo-shaped structure made entirely from Styrofoam peanuts packed into plastic shopping bags. The dwelling is anchored down when the occupant lies down on the attached bed. Max's creation does double-duty in providing care for those without shelter and in preventing materials from ending up in the landfill. As contest winner, Max had the opportunity to create a professional model of his Home Dome.
Creative work like the kind that Max engaged in by creating his Home Dome brings to mind the vision of Isaiah 25:
4 For you have been a refuge to the poor, a refuge to the needy in their distress, a shelter from the rainstorm and a shade from the heat. When the blast of the ruthless was like a winter rainstorm, 5 the noise of aliens like heat in a dry place, you subdued the heat with the shade of clouds; the song of the ruthless was stilled. 6 On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear. 7 And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all nations; 8 he will swallow up death forever. Then the Lord GOD will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the LORD has spoken. 9 It will be said on that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us. This is the LORD for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.
Design Squad Trash-to-Treasure