Flint, MichiganÂ kicked off a series of events celebrating education and the arts Friday, unveiling interactive installations cooked up over a year-long after school program local students have dubbedÂ Museum of Public Schools.
Produced by the Flint Public Art Project, the ongoing exhibition will culminate in a series of proposals by students to change their school system. Mott Middle College plays host to the ongoing event.
The project turned a 120-year-old mortuary in Flintâ€™s historic Carriage Town neighborhood into an alternative space for artists, designers, and engineers. Itâ€™s a gut rehab and then some, but the project has attracted the full force of Flintâ€™s artistic community.
In June a full-block surface parking lot in downtown Flint, Mich. will house a ghostly, floating home â€” a monument to the ravages of the foreclosure crisis and a nod to the revitalization public art projects like this one hope to further in the one-time home of General Motors.
London-based Two Islands took first place in the inaugural Flat Lot Competition, which comes with a $25,000 prize, for their design, Markâ€™s House. The story of an imagined Flint resident named Mark Hamilton, whose family loses their home to foreclosure, Markâ€™s HouseÂ takes the form of a Tudor-style house clad in reflective panels and set atop a mirrored pedestal. The structure can hold 1,500 gallons of water to be used for cooling mists for visitors to the structureâ€™s canopy and event stage on hot summer days.