Flower HouseLisa Waud is a florist in Detroit who paid $250 for a house in Hamtramck.  This past weekend it was filled with 36,000 flowers.  Before the flowers 12,000 pounds of trash was removed.  This past weekend 2,000 people visited the house.  Now it “will be responsibly deconstructed and its materials repurposed. The land will be converted into a flower farm and design center on their formerly neglected properties.”

It’s called Flower House.  Last week the New York Times reported on the Flower House:

Flower House will be opened to ticketed visitors from Friday until Sunday. When the installation is finished, Reclaim Detroit’s crew will take down the house, leaving an empty field. The wood will be repurposed into new objects like tables, guitars and cutting boards …

The house itself is not salvageable. Like so many of the derelict Detroit homes that sell for rock-bottom prices, this one would cost more to rehabilitate than it is ever likely to be worth. A construction engineer whom Ms. Waud spoke with estimated the repair costs at $1 million. Paying this year’s property taxes on Flower House and its neighbor cost Ms. Waud three times what she spent to actually buy them …

When the lot is cleared, Ms. Waud plans to turn it into a seasonal farm to help supply flowers like peonies and dahlias for her business …

“It’s a beautiful ruin,” she said. “It’s charming, kind of scary and eerie, and beautiful in a dark way. To step into it is going to be surreal, and unforgettable.”

Yeah, I can imagine.

One last quote from Sally Vander Wyst, a collaborating florist from Milwaukee.  “”Our concept is post-apocalyptic spooky … we want it to look like the world ended and nature took things back within seconds.”

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