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October 2013

Behold the conceptual rendering for this year's official Flint, Michigan, public art project.

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Behold the conceptual rendering for this year’s official Flint, Michigan, public art project. Titled Mark’s House, this exercise in techno-narcissistic stunt-craft was the winner of a $25,000 competition prize administered by the Flint chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The winners were a London, UK, team calling itself Two Islands.

Got that? Now, below, behold the finished project on-site. Notice, no people there. The official website explains the metaphysical “back-story” of the stunt thusly: “The winning proposal, Mark’s House, tells the story of an imagined Flint resident, Mark Hamilton, whose family loses a home to foreclosure.”  They might have said it tells the story of a city named Flint, Michigan,  getting hosed by self-important art scamsters.

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Thanks to Brian Buchalski for sending it in.

 

 

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James Howard Kunstler is the author of many books including (non-fiction) The Geography of Nowhere, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, Home from Nowhere, The Long Emergency, and Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology and the Fate of the Nation. His novels include World Made By Hand, The Witch of Hebron, Maggie Darling — A Modern Romance, The Halloween Ball, an Embarrassment of Riches, and many others. He has published three novellas with Water Street Press: Manhattan Gothic, A Christmas Orphan, and The Flight of Mehetabel.

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  1. richardguerin October 7, 2013 at 8:16 am #

    I love how this POS is handicapped accessible.

    • asocia October 7, 2013 at 10:10 am #

      as a flint resident, what’s a shame is the difference in how this installation looks in person and the photoshopped photo the artists have circulated.

      • kevinb October 9, 2013 at 8:57 am #

        This is pretty typical for most architectural renderings…but this one is very interesting. They always have people and 20 year landscaping to bring it to “life” because the architecture itself is typically so lifeless.

        This rendering has an added layer of telling an awesome story…some trolls set off a nuclear device in the background and are running away quickly. Meanwhile Elvis and his son have already been blasted and are heading toward the great tanning bed in the sky to join the others who have just arrived to pray to get into heaven. The tall building behind it is heaven, because heaven is living in a tower in a parking lot.

    • carstars October 18, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

      The public and the handicapped are herded under the thing then something happens and they are crushed. Next.

  2. keiths281 October 7, 2013 at 11:11 am #

    So am I the only one who noticed the frightening figures in the bottom left corner?

    Maybe they represent the winning architects!

  3. thesimpleengineer October 8, 2013 at 3:06 am #

    Only $25,000 ? That’s a steal!

    Compare to this public art piece in Toronto, where the building developer may have paid around $5 million.

    http://urbantoronto.ca/news/2012/05/zhang-huans-astounding-rising-unveiled-living-shangri-la

    Fortunately, there’s lots of foot-traffic near this piece on University Avenue in Toronto (as long as no-one gets poked!). In Flint, I don’t understand why they chose that isolated location — who’s actually going to walk up the stairs? It’s an act of desperation if it needs to be put on a pedestal to make it “seem” like art, or like an experiential space.

  4. mow October 8, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

    if this is art , then what i left in the toilet is a masterpiece

  5. kevinb October 9, 2013 at 8:40 am #

    This is why I don’t pay dues to my local AIA chapter.

    Remember when monuments were built for winning wars and remembering former great leaders. So now we are building monuments to people getting kicked out of their homes?

    Sorry, took a minute, I get it now…this is a victory monument in the war between corporations and individuals.

    • GoLightRail October 19, 2013 at 2:06 am #

      Agreed: I’m an AIA member who no longer goes to the meetings (too full of self-absorbed, esoteric, wannabe environmentalists) and flip through the monthly ‘Architect’ magazine in about 50 seconds because it’s too full of articles and photos of “award winning” work like this thing in Flint.

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