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Friday, June 29, 2012

Artist Paints Cardboard Cut-Outs Of ‘Invisible Workers’

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Artist Ramiro Gomez placed this cardboard cut-out near actor George Clooney's home when he was hosting Pres. Obama for a fundraiser. The Secret Service asked Gomez to remove it. (Ramiro Gomez)Gomez places his cardboard cut-outs in front of homes in Beverly Hills. (Ramiro Gomez)The cardboard cut-out of a nanny blends in so well into this park that the kids give it a double-take. (Ramiro Gomez)Ramiro Gomez first started painting domestic workers into the pictures of magazines, before moving onto creating life size cardboard cut-outs. (Ramiro Gomez)By painting a housekeeper into this photo, Ramiro Gomez hoped to show that the beautiful homes in Beverly Hills didn't get that way by themselves. (Ramiro Gomez)Ramiro Gomez added a housekeeper to a magazine lay-out spread featuring Beverly Hills homes. (Ramiro Gomez)Ramiro Gomez wanted to show the hard work that went into the beautiful homes in high-end magazines. (Ramiro Gomez)

Life size cardboard cut-outs of gardeners, nannies and housekeepers are popping up on streets and parks all over Beverly Hills, California.

They’re the work of 25 year-old artist and nanny Ramiro Gomez, who says he wants to bring attention to what he calls the “invisible workers.” Gomez says these mainly Latino workers  help raise the children and maintain the homes of wealthy Hollywood residents, but go largely unseen.

Gomez is the son of Mexican immigrants, and was born and raised in San Bernadino, California and has been painting the cut-outs and propping them up around town for the past eight months.

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