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I had heard a lot of talk recently about the dirt cheep properties located in and around Detroit and started seriously entertaining the idea of what life would be like living there. When I found out that friends Monica Canilao, Harrison, Ben Wolf, and Swoon  had been invited to do a project with Power House Productions and Juxtapose magazine, it was the perfect opportunity to get down there and check it out for myself. $100 House ABC News

The photos of the remnants of abandoned buildings of Detroit city remind me of the desolate scapes of Chernobyl, beautiful decay and silence. Detroit seen here through the eyes of french photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre who will be publishing this and other images in their upcoming book entitled “The Ruins of Detroit” (December 2010)


Pictured above is the blue house which has now been named “The Treasure Nest” in a certain stage of progress. So free and magical, an almost utopic idea come to fruition, creating a living breathing artwork, social sculpture. I’m so excited to be a part of building this project, this house, this neighborhood, this city….. when I saw it my mind started racing and hasn’t stopped. Above photo taken by Todd Seelie. I’m sure you will be hearing more about this project as it develops and if you are interested in visiting Detroit and or joining this project please leave a comment!

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3 Comments

  1. Hi there, i dream of going to detroit one day!
    Im still at art school just now, but if theres accomodation over there and something to work on , i would consider coming over in summer . please get back to me!

    • Hi Scott,
      great to hear from you and your interest in Detroit…
      Currently we are working on setting up our house for living/artist residency/hostel and veg garden.
      If you are interested in this kind of building project please send me some examples of your work and we will go from there.
      my email is: zarahackerman@gmail.com

  2. Hi, i’m French and it seems so incredible to see how Detroit is becoming… I feel a mix of shame and attraction… It’s look like end of world !


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