Thursday, December 17, 2009

a Big Week Indeed!

Matthew and I have both returned from three days in Detroit, where we signed the contract with the State Land Bank and wrote them a big check for the back taxes on a home that Laveda will be moving into just after the new year. Ironically this is the same day that our fundraiser ended. And as many of you already know, we DID meet our goals with the generous help of 53 patrons. Thank you VERY MUCH! We were also donated a truck for the production, during our month long stay in Detroit.

We're also excited to announce that we are planning a food and blanket drive for the first week of January. Jean from United Peace Relief Detroit is going to be schooling us in setting all of this up. Slows BBQ has donated 3 large enclosed tents and some industrial heaters as well. We are hoping to get some picnic tables donated also, so that our makeshift shelter can be a resting place for the homeless and hungry to come in out of the cold and get some warm soup.

While in Detroit we also met with Erica Hill, the Special Events and Film executive working at the mayor's office. I have to say like so many experiences we have had in regards to this project, our meeting at the City Level was also well received, and seems that there have been no hitches whatsoever.

After two full days of business we attended a holiday shopping party at a local design shop where I met a University of Detroit student of architecture. I have to say it was quite refreshing to be grilled on our project. This young man had a bit of interest in our project but also big concerns regarding the validity of our deconstruction -- after all, our house IS going to be sprayed with water during sub zero temperatures. To clarify, the plan is to chip all of the ice off of the house within a week of icing it. This is to preserve the exterior wood as best we can, and to make sure the state of Michigan follows through with their intention of deconstruction over demolition.

So as long as Mother Nature comes through on her part, our tentative date for the Ice House Project is January 18th, Martin Luther King day.

We also did an interview for London based Dazed and Confused magazine. With the help of Faina Lerman and Bridget Michael, I was able to capture this 4 second exposure while shooting images for the magazine.

Gregory Holm