Social Injustice

Mobile Homeless Homes


Year(s): 2012

Joey Skaggs, fed up with the financial industry’s wanton disregard for the plight of millions of Americans suffering under the economic strain caused by the Great Recession of 2008, came up with a new approach to housing for people who’d lost their homes. He built a prototype for his Mobile Homeless Home and took it, with a band of homeless Muppets, to demonstrate in front of Goldman Sachs in New York.

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April Fools’ Day Parade


Year(s): 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

For more than three decades, New York City’s Annual April Fools’ Day Parade has offered the public an opportunity to express, in a comical way, its outrage against the foolishness of mankind. Thousands of participants in look-alike costumes with satirical floats creatively mock the thoughtless, corrupt and selfish acts of the past year. The parade marches down 5th Avenue from 59th Street to Washington Square Park where revelers rejoice and party. The event ends with the annual crowning of the King of Fools.

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Thanksgiving Dinner


Year(s): 1981

Joey Skaggs, with the help of friends and some of his students from the School of Visual Arts, created a stark portrayal of a Thanksgiving feast at the United Nations Plaza on Thanksgiving Day.

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Thanksgiving Day Parade


Year(s): 1982

In 1982, Skaggs and friends took giant photos of starving children to the Macy’s Day Parade and set them up along the parade route.

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Grotesque Statues of Liberty


Year(s): 1969

On the 4th of July, 1969, to protest the war in Vietnam, Skaggs erected four obscenely grotesque sculptures of the Statue of Liberty at Cooper Square in the East Village of New York. They were life size mannequins painted green and wrapped in barbed wire. One was in a wheelchair. Several were holding dismembered baby doll bodies instead of torches.

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Vietnamese Christmas Nativity Burning


Year(s): 1968

On Christmas Day, Joey Skaggs and friends constructed a life size Vietnamese Nativity scene in New York’s Central Park and, dressed as American soldiers with plastic and wooden weapons, attempted to burn it to the ground to protest the war in Vietnam.

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Crucifixion


Year(s): 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969

On four consecutive Easters in the 1960s, Joey Skaggs took a two hundred pound sculpture depicting a cross with a naked rotting skeletal corpse to the streets of New York to protest the hypocrisy of the Church and man’s inhumanity to man.

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