Abandoned properties are not uncommon in Detroit.
It’s a sad sight driving through once-vibrant neighborhoods that are now boarded up and overgrown. But one woman saw potential where so many others saw a worthless ruin.
“When you live in Detroit, it’s hard to not notice an abundance of abandoned houses, and one day, I began looking at them as a resource, and it wasn’t too much longer before I was at a city auction with my hand up,” Lisa Waud said in a May 2015 interview with Bored Panda.
Waud bought two homes for a grand total of $500, with the intention of making them first into an art installation and later a sustainable growth and gardening project. She found inspiration for her piece in the works of famed artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude and the 2012 Dior show installation, created by designer Raf Simmons.
“There was an image from that show that I couldn’t shake; it was an image of a gorgeous girl, in a gorgeous gown, with a look on her face that couldn’t be described. I wanted to be there, in those rooms, to know what it felt like, what it smelled like, what it sounded like. I knew I had to create my own house of flowers and invite as many people as possible to experience it with me,” Maud said on Flower House’s Indiegogo page.
The first property was completed and unveiled in May and the second will be unveiled Oct. 16. The installation will only be open from Oct. 16-18, at which point it will be deconstructed and converted into a flower farm and design center on what was once two abandoned homesites.