Floral designers from around the US descended upon Lisa Waud's abandoned Hamtramck home, dubbed Flower House, to decorate the dilapidated structure with thousands of fresh blooms. The home was purchased at an auction for $250. There are flowers throughout the house, from top to bottom. In the bathroom, in the closet, adorning the staircase. There's a flowing waterfall made from plants in the dining room.
This home is just one of hundreds of thousands that are broken. Mile after mile they- looking as if they were punched in the eye or beaten to a pulp and left for dead- are stripped of their metals by scrappers, gutted by scavengers and destroyed by teenagers looking for something to do. They are then set ablaze by a molotov. Sometimes the fire department comes, but don't hold your breath. The department is overwhelmed by the countless issues working against them.
The house will be available for viewing from October 16 through the 18, 2015. The actual home will then be disassembled and its materials re-used and repurposed.