Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Derelict Detroit in Orange

Another post stolen from Boing Boing. I was just down near the Holbrooke/Caniff area over the weekend but unfortunately I missed the "tiggeriffic" ruins.

From a letter in The Detroiter:
Two of four locations have already been demolished. Of the four, the building on Dequindre, by the Caniff/ Holbrook exit, remains, as does the site that intersects the Lodge and Davison. There was no "D" on any of the fa├žades, only burnt boards, broken glass, and peeling paint. Rallying around these elements of decay, we seek to accentuate something that has wrongfully become part of the everyday landscape.

So the destruction of two of these four houses raises a number of interesting points. From one perspective, our actions have created a direct cause and effect relationship with the city. As in, if we paint a house orange, the city will demolish it. In this relationship, where do the city's motivations lie? Do they want to stop drawing attention to these houses? Are the workers simply confused and think this is the city's new mark for demolition? Or is this a genuine response to beautify the city?


Blogger Laba said...

Wow, this in interesting! Thanks for posting. I particularly enjoyed this statement:

In addition to being highlights within a context of depression, every detail is accentuated through the unification of color. Broken windows become jagged lines. Peeling paint becomes texture. These are artworks in themselves.

Detroit has an enormous stock of old homes and buildings. There are so many important architectural details on these buildings, and I hope that there are more groups than the Architectural Warehouse of Detroit salvaging them (otherwise, they're lost to the landfill).

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