Super Bowl City’s a thing of the past, but San Francisco has been clearing streets of homeless encampments since the week-long event began. Yet, despite the city's continuous efforts to push the homeless out of sight, they're still there.
While local officials have their own ways of dealing it, San Francisco artist Annice Jacoby aimed to address the city's homeless issue through her project Undercover, which started during February’s Super Bowl festivities. Jacoby and her team provided those living on the streets with blankets, seeking not only to provide warmth to those who needed it, but also to incite conversation and create visibility for a community that's otherwise neglected.
"Our goal is to use creativity to unite," Jacoby says. "We’re making a visual statement, making a ceremony of care; it’s a mechanism to address this problem."
Families, friends and other community members came together at knitting circles held in two Mission stores, Praxis and Alley Cat Books. Those who came out would put together blankets that doubled as ponchos and distribute them in the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl.
The project's efforts gained national attention, with inquiries and notes of appreciation coming in from other states, according to Undercover's Facebook page, which also provides patterns for people hoping to make and distribute blankets themselves.