Colorado

Jul 1, 2010 7:29 PM by Greg Boyce

Artists suggest high-tech sheep wagons for immigrant workers

DENVER (AP) - A group of Colorado artists is suggesting ranchers spruce up their sheep wagons for immigrant workers by designing the moveable 19th century-style homes with solar panels, showers and portable gardens.

The designs proposed by Yuma-based nonprofit M12 will be featured in an exhibit for Denver's monthlong "Biennial of the Americas." M12 is showing its designs on the walls of a trailer turned into a gallery, along with an old sheep wagon for comparison.

Immigrants from South America, Mexico and Nepal often live in old, cramped trailers for up to three years while working on ranches in western U.S. states. Advocates argue that the conditions are deplorable. The Colorado Legislature discussed the situation this year, but no legislation materialized.

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