Of the sixteen unique sculptures originally created for this series, only three are known to have survived. The present sculpture was included in the artist's first solo show at the Mile End Art Pavilion, London, with ten others from the series. Each figure was attached to the ceiling by wires so that the sculptures could be moved around in order to create different interactions and conversations between the figures. 'Bound', a companion piece from the series, was sold in these rooms in September 2017 for £35,000 ($47,000), the auction record for a work by the artist at the time.
Up on the Roof is titled after the Cardboard Citizens production of the same name and was installed by the artist on the side of the Brady Arts and Community Centre in 2010 where the performance was held. Cardboard Citizens has pioneered the use of participatory arts and theatre to engage homeless people in a process of change, and for engaging general audiences to focus on the plight of those at the margins of our society. The proceeds raised from the sale of this sculpture will help fund existing work and deliver further projects in the local community.