Matthew Mazzotta: Open House

Open House, Matthew Mazzotta, Coleman Center for the Arts, Recycled House from private space to public Open House, Matthew Mazzotta, Coleman Center for the Arts, Recycled House from private space to public Open House, Matthew Mazzotta, Coleman Center for the Arts, Recycled House from private space to public Click to enlarge

Artist Matthew Mazzotta (previously here) teamed up with Coleman Center for the Arts and the folks of York Alabama to transform one of the town’s most blighted properties into a new public space. Using the materials of an abandoned house as well as the land it stood on, Mazzotta created one of his shape-shifting structures titled Open House. Starting in the shape of a house, the puzzle-like structure is designed to require cooperation. Four people must work together for over an hour to unfold the pieces into a multi-seat theater that can be used for performances or simply a common ground for community dialogue and activities. Everything about this project is ultra-clever and well designed: its construction (and deconstruction); the repurposing of materials; as well as the community-building aspect via the integration of the townspeople. Here’s a video with more background on the project:

Thanks Matthew!

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