Saturday, January 9, 2010

Art attack on the urban blight!

I read an interesting article today on The Economist, I admit I only understand half of the social, economic and political dealings covered by this publication but I found the article very relevant to The Fickle Street Project, although it's not about empty shop windows and despite the fact that we are still trying to work out what we will actually show in the windows once we manage to find some to curate!

The art of abandonment
Some weird and wonderful things are rising from the ashes of the Motor City

Detroit, the once model city of Industrial automobile production is now the home of the Heidelberg Project, a design collective founded by artist Tyree Guyton, turns abandoned and run down neighbourhood in Detroit into an open air art gallery.

I feel very inspired by projects, like this one, it takes a lot of courage to create beauty and wonder from challenging, and hopeless environments, and economies. The most surprising thing is when creative people like the Detroit Collaborative Design Centre see something new and unexpected, like an open air amphitheatre in a house in disrepair!

PS: Tyree Guyton's "Faces In The Hood" (faces pained on the bonnet of Detroits long gone industrial pride) reminded me about the mirrors mentioned in ...down the pub


  1. This is fantastic, I think there was a similar wave in New Orleans a few years back, I'll try to find it. I'm starting to experiment with the mirror idea, visually anyway; hoping it may shed more ideas. A dopo..

  2. I wish every run down street could look like this. Its amazing : )
    Love the teddy house so much!

  3. What we don't want to be???

  4. yep, think these projects described in the Guardian are just different concepts from ours, while I do think the artists in Dursley and the local farmers in Sunderland now have a great opportunity the former retail space just becomes a new retail space, to sell other types of products. As the article points out Wellworths is a commercial business opportunity (to sell the same products sold by Wollworths)

    I think we are definitively about creating a dialog (mirror) with the surrounding environment and the examples in the Guardian's article don't
    "There's nothing sadder than seeing art as an addon and not part of creating places"

    haven't yet emailed the people from the list I sent you in December, sorry! will do asap!!

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