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.
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.
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.
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.
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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