Ramiro Gomez Jr. is working fast enough to draw the least amount of attention, but slowly enough to make every detail stand out. He describes the rush he gets as "therapeutic." Gomez has created inserts on a human-size piece of cardboard, and with a pair of pliers he begins to lace wire to it. He then grabs tools to prop the cardboard piece up for display. He chooses his spot at a towering shrubbery fence at a busy intersection in Bel Air, Calif., a neighborhood known for its luxury and Hollywood star dwellers. What stands before him, and the public, is an acrylic-painted cardboard cutout of an immigrant worker with a "Star Maps Here" sign. “ Sometimes people leave their self-esteem at the border." – Xiomara Corpeño, director of organizing at the Coalition of Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles The artist says he is "documenting the undocumented" by placing his art in affluent communities, places where these workers are often invisible. These cardboard people have gone up on fa…

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