An examination of the discarded couches left on the streets of a discarded city. 12 Detroit landscapes featuring abandoned couches.
What leads people to throw things away?
Living in Detroit, I often wonder at the rationale we use to assign value to objects and places. Things we want so much when we first see them, save and spend to possess, and eventually come to disregard and abandon. Things like couches. Things like Detroit. Is it possible some of these things are still useful?
I am in the process of creating a calendar of 12 Detroit landscapes, each featuring a discarded or abandoned couch. To you, it may signify the apocalyptic tidings of an empty city, but for some people, Detroit allows a great deal of freedom for reinvention. Municipal services are limited to the point where an abandoned couch might sit on the street for a month or more, maybe even long enough for someone to see it not as trash, but art.
The work of collecting images is ongoing, and you can see some b-sides and extras here. It is my intention to produce the calendar for release in September. The cost of production is greatly reduced if I order in bulk; the goal of this project is to secure enough pre-orders to allow me to do so. 500, to be exact.
In the interest of combining social change with personal artistic growth, I will donate 10% of my funds raised to the Shipherd Greens Community Garden, to help them further their efforts to make the West Village a thriving, productive and beautiful neighborhood.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $7,500 goal
seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on July 1, 2011.
May 2, 2011 - Jul 1, 2011 (60 days)
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Provide your address and I'll send you an art postcard from my 50 States project.
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Provide your address and I'll send you a found-art object from the streets of Detroit. It will not smell bad or actively decompose.
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Your very own high-quality, full color copy of the 2012 Couches of Detroit calendar in the standard size - 11x17 (open)
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For the Small Victories enthusiast - your choice of any existing SV strip, in high-quality print form for your contemplation at 4 am when the world appears to have fallen away. For those who are not yet Small Victories enthusiasts, check out bigworldsmallvictories.tumblr.com (linked below) for my web comic. I never said it was funny.
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31 backers Limited (19 of 50 left)
A limited edition of Couches of Detroit in the premium size - 13.5 x 19 (open)