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Chilly Change: Detroit Ice House & Andy Goldsworthy

February 9, 2010

This social statement/outdoor art installation “Ice House Detroit” has, to great effect, taken one of Detroit’s 20,000 abandoned homes:

and turned it into a crystal palace by covering every square inch of the house in water until the building and yard were entirely encased in ice.

Calling it “an architectural installation and social change project,” photographer Gregory Holm and Architect Matthew Radune conceived of the work to draw attention to and act upon Detroit’s desperate housing situation. The Ice House will soon be demolished and the proceeds from the project will help to build a home on the abandoned lot for a family in need.

The project came to my attention via, who also linked to some haunting pictures of abandoned houses overtaken by nature without any man-made intervention.

Reading the descriptions of their efforts to keep the house frozen reminds me of Andy Goldsworthy’s tireless and patient work with ice and other natural objects. If you haven’t seen any of his work, or Rivers and Tides, the documentary made about his process, you need to.

Here is a YouTube clip of scenes from the film. Somebody has added music to it which is a little weird, but you get the idea:

From → art, good, home, nature

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