Sun Setting on Ice House Detroit
Last time I mention it, I promise.
Web post/article onThe Detroit News about the end of the Ice House Detroit project. Part of the reason I mention it is that is it written by Donna Terek, one of the most talented photographers I've had the pleasure to work with over the years.
Asked about the meaning of the project, Holm says it was not so much about the housing crisis, although they did say that numerous times. Holm says that was more the media taking a statement about possible interpretations of the art installation and running with it.
"It's grown into something much more than an reference to the housing crisis in Detroit and beyond," Holm says, "and more about the personal quest that this has become and the community that has grown around it."
"It's more a testament to my persistence," he says. "Me trying to mold Mother Nature." And she hasn't been that cooperative, following ice-friendly cold snaps with balmy days that melted the ice but not their resolve.
Another take on it from fellow photographer and blogger Sweet Juniper about his observations on the art show. Check out his pictures (and blog) as well if you can.
I think it's great that these guys are at least trying to engage the neighborhood and I think it's fantastic that volunteering and charitable activities play a part in their project. I think my own discomfort with it stems from the recognition I have received for documenting this city and whether some it has been at the expense of the people who actually have to live in the neighborhoods I document. I think it's pretty evident that these guys have some of the same discomfort, and they are compensating for it by trying to do more than just leave another stain on our big empty canvas (when they leave).
Here's a highlight of the Ice House guys' blog about their final days on the project:
We will no longer be working our 24 hour shifts, but we are still interested in maintaining the dialogue amongst the citizens of Detroit. The neighborhood in which we decided to do our project is one of the poorest in the nation but after getting to know many of you personally we have been genuinely inspired by your perseverance in the face of systematic disregard and neglect. Thank you for your kind and generous support and for all of the stories you have been so willing to share.
For those of you which have not seen the home thus far, please feel free to view the project at 3920 McClellan st. (just off of Mack). It can be viewed for the next several days until the sun takes it back.