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Street artist's tiny people raise awareness of homelessness

Roy's people Big Issue

This street art project aims to highlight the plights of the magazine vendors

Launching in 1991, The Big Issue is a magazine sold by homeless and long-term unemployed people in the UK. Working with around 2000 individuals offering them the opportunity to earn a legitimate income, the magazine are very clear that their vendors are not beggars. We've featured them in our best magazine covers (opens in new tab) round-up and are avid supporters of their cause.

However, vendors often feel 'invisible' to the public and that's where street artist Roy's People (opens in new tab) comes in. Thirty of Roy's People have been dotted all over the streets of Covent Garden. Tagged alongside each of the little characters will be their story, which is also a real snapshot from the life story of a Big Issue vendor.

It's a brilliant example of inspiring street art (opens in new tab) that really sets out to make a difference to these hard working people and their situations. An inventive and creative project that we're sure will get the attention it thoroughly deserves.

Roy's people Big Issue

Roy's people Big Issue

Roy's people Big Issue

Roy's people Big Issue

Find out more about the project over on the Big Issue (opens in new tab) website.

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Sammy Maine was a founding member of the Creative Bloq team, working as a Commissioning Editor. Her interests cover graphic design in music and film, illustration and animation. Since departing, Sammy has written for The Guardian, VICE, The Independent & Metro, and currently co-edits the quarterly music journal Gold Flake Paint.