A few weeks ago, I posted a blog with some WACKY houses and architectural wonders.
This Sunday, let's go to Detroit to see another house . . . this one is encased in ice!
The artists photographer Gregory Holm (who grew up in the area) and architecht Matthew Radune wanted to bring attention to the plight of Detroit's housing market -- which has one of the highest foreclosure rates in the nation. Their art piece is an 'installation' work which speaks to the 'frozen' state of the real estate market.
Currently, there are approximately 20,000 abandoned properties in Detorit
"During my time here I have explored the surrounding neighborhood extensively and I would estimate that nearly 1 in every 4 homes is either in a state of disrepair or completely abandoned. And although many have chosen to view these conditions with apathy, my point of view is one of optimism for the future driven by a sense of nostalgia for this neighborhood's past beauty. Amidst the soaring oaks that line these spacious blocks remains a modern and organic grid filled with possibilities that perhaps the fresh eyes of a new generation will bring to fruition. The Ice House project seeks to demonstrate that in much the same way -- as building materials are reclaimed from the many abandoned houses in Detroit, so to can the affected neighborhoods themselves be repurposed through the creativity, spirit, and sense of community clearly demonstrated by the residents themselves." -- Gregory Holm
To view more pictures, check out: Ice House Detroit