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Inside the SprATX house. Photo: Amber Genuske | Circa

This home was transformed into a work of art before being torn down for affordable housing


This home was transformed into a work of art before being torn down for affordable housing

WATCH  | Artists took over a home on the East Side in Austin, Texas, covering it in murals, graffiti and sculptures. The home was open to the public for just one day before being demolished. 

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Quote from Mouf, co-founder of SprATX. Photo: Amber Genuske | Circa

Extreme Home Takeover

The event was dubbed an "Extreme Home Takeover" and served as a pop-up art exhibit. This kind of temporal art is not unfamiliar to SprATX, the artists behind the stunt. 

Hey, Kool-Aid!

Every inch of the home was covered, from Salvador Dali-esque melting clocks in the bathroom to a Kool-Aid Man in the kitchen. 

I think we've been able to make this work here in Austin because of the acceptance and vibe. It's definitely a huge, giving and welcoming community.
MOUF, artist and co-founder of SprATX

A tenant of the now-demolished house put SprATX and the homeowner in touch to organize the event. Public graffiti is usually illegal, so SprATX considered this a perfect opportunity for members of their art community to legally create graffiti art.

It's hard for me, I can't do it all the time. But when I find something that I think makes sense, then I'm going to do it.
Abe, owner of the now-demolished art house

A new house is going to be built on the lot and offered at a lower-than-market rate. The homeowner offers this type of unofficial "affordable housing" at numerous properties around Austin to help keep the locals around -- an increasingly difficult task with continually growing housing prices. 


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