Former Monk Paints Giant Canvases to Give Back to the Homeless

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Pairoj Pichetmetakul painting a canvas on the subway.
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The canvas is nearly as tall as the artist.
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Pichetmetakul is more than happy for other commuters to help him out. In fact, he's an art teacher at the Pi Art Institute.
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A completed subway painting.
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The artist, originally from Thailand, is passionate about helping the city's homeless. He will paint portraits of homeless people and then gift them to them to sell or keep.
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One of Pichetmetakul's portraits.
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As he paints he puts out a container for donations. All donations he gives to his subject.
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He hopes the project will shed light on the plight of the homeless.
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Pichetmetakul says he wants to break down the barriers between the homeless and the rest of New York.
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