Funded! This project was successfully funded on December 16, 2009.


An architectural installation in which a Photographer and Architect acquire one of Detroit's 80,000 abandoned houses to encapsulate in ice.

Gregory Holm, a photographer, and Matthew Radune, an architect, are collaborating on this winter of 2009-2010 architectural installation. The project, which involves working with several Detroit organizations, aims to uphold concepts of neighborhood integrity, material reuse, public art, social empowerment, and urban farming.
With the current freeze in the housing market, Detroit is leading the nation in foreclosures.
Ice House Detroit references this contemporary urban condition, and involves the acquisition and recontextualization of one of the 80,000 abandoned houses in the city.
The house will be sprayed with water in subzero temperatures, gradually building up layers of ice over the course of several days or weeks. Once it is frozen, the common architectural and urban references of the house will be temporarily obscured, providing a period of reflection.
Aside from the installation itself, we will be producing fine art prints, a limited edition art book, and a film which will document the transformation of the house and potentially the legal and bureaucratic maneuvers necessary to pull off such an endeavor.
After completion of this project, we will be working with groups who will deconstruct this house, recycling the wood, metals, glass, and the cement foundation; keeping these materials from entering our dumps. Once the house is demolished, It is our intention to donate the property to local urban farmers for the cultivation of neighborhood vegetables.
To follow the progress of this project please view:
The IceHouseDetroit Blog
Ice House Detroit is the first is the first in a series of large scale artworks conceived and produced by Gregory Holm and Matthew Radune. These artworks will exist as time-based architectural installations exploring the nature of contemporary culture. The primary artworks will serve as starting points from which explorations can be done in several media including photography and film.
Ice House Detroit Michigan Central Train Station Slows BBQ Scott Hocking Gregory Holm Matthew Radune DJ Matthew Radune


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    A 3-4 hr. urban tour of abandoned, historical, and unusual Detroit sites by acclaimed and extensive published urban explorer and installation artist Scott Hocking. This man is renowned worldwide as the preeminent expert on a city with extensive architectural and industrial treasures. This is a rare opportunity - not to be missed! Tours limited to (3) groups of (3), so feel free to economize and split the total price. Visit for more info on Scott Hocking and The Detroit Urban Tour options.

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    You and a guest receive a group Urban tour of the most iconic abandoned building in Detroit, the Michigan Central Depot Train Station, by someone legally allowed to access the site. This reward will also include accommodations at a hotel in Detroit for 2 nights, and one dinner at the amazing Slows BBQ, within a few hundred feet of the tour location. The train station was designed in 1913 by the same architects responsible for Grand Central Station in New York. At the time of construction it was the tallest train station in the world. However, In recent months the city has threatened to tear down this architectural wonder. At present the site is still threatened with demolition, and is completely off limits to the general public. Take advantage of this rare opportunity before this architectural wonder is gone forever. Visit our blog for more info on the Central Depot train station, Slows BBQ, and Detroit history.

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