Apparently there are some 20,000 abandoned houses in Detroit. Architect Matthew Radine and photographer Greg Holm offer their take on this and the freeze in the housing market: they plan to spray one of the uninhabitable properties with water in subzero temperatures, gradually building up layers of ice over the course of several days or weeks during the winter as part of an architectural installation. And then?
'In the Spring we will be working with Detroit based neighborhood organizations to deconstruct the house and clear the property, and then donating the property to one of many urban farming groups in Detroit.'
They are funding the property acquisition, and the piece, micro-finance style, here.
Is it unfair, no I think it's a complement, to mention Christo and the idea of 'revelation through concealment.' More here, including images by Greg Holm.