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(The New York Times)   Artist makes derelict Detroit houses into his canvases, bringing a small bit of grace to an otherw-- wait, never mind, somebody's setting the houses on fire   (nytimes.com) divider line 58
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2014-04-04 01:49:16 AM  
fta Some people embraced the works, which emerge jarringly with flashes of cheery color and a feel of Pop Art, as significant. Others dismissed them as uninvited piles of junk, further cluttering the streets and making it impossible for the struggling neighborhood to improve...

Because the arsonist is providing both flashes of cheery color and uninvited piles of junk, I'd classify their work as performance art.
 
2014-04-04 02:29:47 AM  
Prime suspect...

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2014-04-04 02:33:00 AM  
Either way, the property values went up.
 
2014-04-04 02:34:54 AM  
Detroit is why we can't have nice things.
 
2014-04-04 02:36:48 AM  

Notabunny: Because the arsonist is providing both flashes of cheery color and uninvited piles of junk, I'd classify their work as performance art.


Fire can be artistic.

Also, sometimes one must destroy in order to create.
 
2014-04-04 02:37:19 AM  
Police have reported that thousands of dollars worth of improvements were made.
 
2014-04-04 02:47:48 AM  

ladyfortuna: Notabunny: Because the arsonist is providing both flashes of cheery color and uninvited piles of junk, I'd classify their work as performance art.

Fire can be artistic.

Also, sometimes one must destroy in order to create.


Something that is not dependently arisen / Such a thing does not exist.
Therefore a non-empty thing / Does not exist.
 
2014-04-04 02:50:38 AM  
There must have been billions of homes in Detroit at one point with as frequently as they burn down abandoned homes. Our the arsonists just rebuild empty houses to keep their hobby alive.
 
2014-04-04 02:51:14 AM  
Wow that was typed out horribly. Time for bed!
 
2014-04-04 02:54:47 AM  
FTFA:  "Why it happened, who knows?" said Donald Dawkins, of the Detroit office of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. "It's a mystery we're really anxious to solve."


Perhaps this could be of some assistance?


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2014-04-04 02:59:25 AM  
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2014-04-04 03:34:13 AM  
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/"png"? yes, because fark jpg
 
2014-04-04 03:41:08 AM  
While completely obvious, that this happened is still sad.

When will those people be able to stop acting like shiat-flinging monkeys and join the rest of America in, at least, acting like civilized human beings.
 
2014-04-04 03:45:54 AM  
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inconsolable
 
2014-04-04 03:49:01 AM  
Stuffed animals hung about the outside of the house and Mickey Mouse waving from the second floor window....

Yeah, put them out of their misery and burn the fu**er to the ground.
 
2014-04-04 03:50:14 AM  
Idk, the fire was probably an improvement.

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2014-04-04 03:53:55 AM  
Seen near the scene:

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2014-04-04 04:09:53 AM  

ladyfortuna: Fire can be artistic.


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2014-04-04 04:10:06 AM  
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2014-04-04 04:25:23 AM  
Looks like the arsonist is saving the city from the trouble of doing the same thing itself.
 
2014-04-04 04:35:29 AM  

AltheaToldMe: ladyfortuna: Fire can be artistic.

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Probably a training house. Departments sometimes have access to abandoned houses for use in fire fighting training. Actually, a lot of places in Detroit would be perfect for such a purpose.
 
2014-04-04 05:14:35 AM  
If this arsonist plans on burning every abandoned house in Detroit, she has her work cut out for her.

I really see this as two competing artists, and frankly I'm rooting for the arsonist.
 
2014-04-04 05:55:50 AM  
I heard about Detroit going out and turning off water to delinquent customers. As in a third of the city. I figure most of those delinquents are abandoned, so it's just as well because the only water is being used by druggies and leaks.

It's a city where everyone needs to relocate to one area, then knock down the empty. Then they won't have to spread coverage as much. Can't attract new companies when the housing is all run-down mid-century line worker, and you can't get people to build the new interspersed with the abandoned.

Urban renewal's a biatch.
 
2014-04-04 05:56:21 AM  
Last I checked, vandalism is a crime too, why haven't they arrested this "artist" guy?
 
2014-04-04 06:17:12 AM  

wildcardjack: I heard about Detroit going out and turning off water to delinquent customers. As in a third of the city. I figure most of those delinquents are abandoned, so it's just as well because the only water is being used by druggies and leaks.

It's a city where everyone needs to relocate to one area, then knock down the empty. Then they won't have to spread coverage as much. Can't attract new companies when the housing is all run-down mid-century line worker, and you can't get people to build the new interspersed with the abandoned.

Urban renewal's a biatch.


It has been discussed.  Apparently this idea is racist, or some such bullshiat.
 
2014-04-04 06:37:30 AM  
At first I was sad that somebody would burn up somebody's art. Then I saw the pictures and decided that somebody needed to burn these things down for the good of the community.
 
2014-04-04 06:39:03 AM  
They got the "House of Soul" too!

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2014-04-04 07:14:46 AM  
The Heidelberg houses look like crap IMO.  Even if you like the "art" they're still nothing but abandoned houses that attract drugs addicts.  If I had a Heidelberg house on my street there would be a good chance that it might inexplicable catch fire too.
 
2014-04-04 08:07:33 AM  
FTA: Others dismissed them as uninvited piles of junk, further cluttering the streets and making it impossible for the struggling neighborhood to improve in a more ordinary way

Yeah, good luck with that.  I feel sorry for the people that are stuck in Detroit.  There is probably not a closer thing to living in a post-apocalyptic world in the United States.
 
2014-04-04 08:10:03 AM  
Decorating the houses and burning them down is his art?
 
2014-04-04 08:11:44 AM  
Got a bunch of pyromaniacs in Detroit, don't we?

Believe it or not, the empty lot next to the corner store here (where the gray SUV is) is where my family lived when I was a baby.  There was once an apartment house, I heard it burned down sometime in the early 80s (we moved to the suburbs in 1976).

/surprised the store is still standing

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2014-04-04 08:19:40 AM  

danielscissorhands: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 300x194]


Rreturnn Thhe Mmapp!!
 
2014-04-04 08:20:05 AM  
the houses don't look any worse than the worn out 1960's mobile homes I've seen.

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knows what of I speaks - Had the first bedroom- the one with the furnace -
 
2014-04-04 08:29:05 AM  
Burn and replant with trees and native grasses.
 
2014-04-04 08:30:57 AM  

Miss Alexandra: Got a bunch of pyromaniacs in Detroit, don't we?


And expected it every year as a kid on Devils NIght, sitting watching Detroit burn on TV narrated by Mort Crim.
 
2014-04-04 08:31:24 AM  
There's a rumor floating around that it might be an inside job. Tyree and his wife have done VERY well for themselves with this project, and he owned several of the houses outright, IIRC. I remember reading that the insurance payments from the project's houses were nothing to sneeze at, either.

I miss the Heidelberg project, personally. Haven't been there in 5 years. Won't get the chance anymore...
 
2014-04-04 08:59:48 AM  

Miss Alexandra: Got a bunch of pyromaniacs in Detroit, don't we?


In all fairness, there's probably nothing f**king else to do there.
 
2014-04-04 09:10:41 AM  
This far in and no Crow references??

For shame, Fark
 
2014-04-04 09:17:13 AM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: Miss Alexandra: Got a bunch of pyromaniacs in Detroit, don't we?

In all fairness, there's probably nothing f**king else to do there.


Hey, Arson is not the only crime around you elitist.
 
2014-04-04 09:50:19 AM  
By painting the houses, he is essentially marking the empty ones for arsonist.
 
2014-04-04 10:04:41 AM  
They need the fires to stay warm.
It's so cold in the D.
 
2014-04-04 10:08:52 AM  
Detroit seems to have an unusually high number of residents who just want to see the world burn.
 
2014-04-04 10:10:31 AM  

Munchkin City Coroner: Detroit is why we can't have nice things.


Detroit is a perfect example of liberals in charge.
 
2014-04-04 10:13:54 AM  

ReapTheChaos: Last I checked, vandalism is a crime too, why haven't they arrested this "artist" guy?


He has a medical card stating he can do it.
 
2014-04-04 10:20:43 AM  

Her Fapplewhite: There's a rumor floating around that it might be an inside job. Tyree and his wife have done VERY well for themselves with this project, and he owned several of the houses outright, IIRC. I remember reading that the insurance payments from the project's houses were nothing to sneeze at, either.

I miss the Heidelberg project, personally. Haven't been there in 5 years. Won't get the chance anymore...


That was my first thought. He's still popular on the art lecture circuit, but the Project hasn't been a news topic in years... until now. If I were him, I'd certainly have been inclined to go the Blaze of Glory route.

I don't miss it, it was the definition of an eyesore. It was interesting to see and a creative use of the space & materials, but it should never have been allowed to become a permanent fixture.
 
2014-04-04 10:25:22 AM  

Carousel Beast: This far in and no Crow references??

For shame, Fark


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2014-04-04 10:41:37 AM  

Sentient: Her Fapplewhite: There's a rumor floating around that it might be an inside job. Tyree and his wife have done VERY well for themselves with this project, and he owned several of the houses outright, IIRC. I remember reading that the insurance payments from the project's houses were nothing to sneeze at, either.

I miss the Heidelberg project, personally. Haven't been there in 5 years. Won't get the chance anymore...

That was my first thought. He's still popular on the art lecture circuit, but the Project hasn't been a news topic in years... until now. If I were him, I'd certainly have been inclined to go the Blaze of Glory route.

I don't miss it, it was the definition of an eyesore. It was interesting to see and a creative use of the space & materials, but it should never have been allowed to become a permanent fixture.


You think the PROJECT looks bad? It's positively scintillating compared to the neighborhood that surrounds it. That whole section of the east side does a pretty good impression of Fallout. Or, maybe Left 4 Dead.

It may be an eyesore to some. Burning it down sure ain't improving anything, though.
 
2014-04-04 10:51:36 AM  
I don't think there is any way I can hate his "art" installation any more than I do.  The city should have razed them years ago but seemed to only half ass the job (hell even Coleman knocked a few down).  Somehow that non-profit pulls in half a million a year but will not release their books to the public too.

I know many of the installations were insured.  I wonder if there is some Hebrew associated atmospheric phenomena at play?
 
2014-04-04 11:11:08 AM  

Gentoolive: Detroit is a perfect example of liberals in charge.


5/10.

It's an example of crooks and race-pimps in charge.
 
2014-04-04 11:14:32 AM  
TFA: "It's a mystery we're really anxious to solve."

To be read, dripping with sarcasm.

There are so many fires in Detroit they barely have enough time, resources and manpower to fight them. *Investigating* these particular fires is right out.
b-b-but there's an arsonist involved? Detroit has reported around 5000 arson fires every year for more than a decade. (Manhattan has something like 5000 structural fires *total*, in a year.)

So at a rate of around 14 arsons *a day*, do you think they even have the time or energy to give a particular fark about six art project buildings?
 
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