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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
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2014-04-04 03:50:14 AM  
3 votes:
Idk, the fire was probably an improvement.

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2014-04-04 07:14:46 AM  
2 votes:
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 05:14:35 AM  
2 votes:
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 08:30:57 AM  
1 vote:

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 06:39:03 AM  
1 vote:
They got the "House of Soul" too!

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2014-04-04 06:37:30 AM  
1 vote:
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 02:29:47 AM  
1 vote:
Prime suspect...

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2014-04-04 01:49:16 AM  
1 vote:
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.
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