Back in November of 2009, Upper Playground and SA Studios partnered to sponsor the Juxtapoz 15th Anniversary Benefit and Auction event held in Los Angeles, with proceeds from the online auction supporting Power House Productions of Detroit.
Fast-forward to October of 2010, after the money raised was used to purchase homes in the Detroit neighborhood that Powerhouse is headquartered, and six artists chosen by Juxtapoz (Swoon, Saelee Oh, Monica Canilao, Ben Wolf, Richard Colman, and RETNA) spent a month transforming the homes into unique art projects. The project will continue as experimental artist residencies and livable homes in the Powerhouse neighborhood.
We look forward to seeing how the project evolves in the coming years. Powerhouse and Juxtapoz created a unique, experimental project that uses an abandoned urban landscape into a positive cycle of creative participation from both Detroit and national artists. If this is a blueprint for other cities around the post-industrial world to follow, this is the start.
More images after the jump, all from the Detroit Free Press and ERIC SEALS/DFP. Thank you!