In nature there exists a phenomenon known as a 22˚ halo, an illusion caused by ice crystals refracting light in the atmosphere, forming a circular glow around the source. Halo 22 provides a critical step in survival for the homeless.
In Northeast Ohio there are 21 homeless shelters where people seek refuge from the elements. On freezing cold nights, the shelters overflow with people needing protection from the harsh conditions, and many are turned away due to the lack of space. With no resources to survive, Halo 22 provides those who were sent away with temporary shelter, food, water, first aid, and information.
Inspired by the 22˚ halo, circular light installations are attached to existing networks of infrastructure (bus signs, bus shelters, etc.). The halos appear suspended in a crystalline container that holds the supplies. In milder conditions, they appear as works of art, bringing light and interest to a space. However, in freezing, dangerous conditions, Halo 22 installations become beacons of hope, signaling help to those who need it the most.