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Mar. 10 2010 - 10:09 am | 343 views | 1 recommendation | 2 comments

Edible ghetto: watch a Chicago housing project get eaten

Martha Stewart didn't make this gingerbread house. Photo courtesy Eliza

Martha Stewart didn't make this gingerbread house. Photo courtesy Eliza

Many of us were mesmerized by Ryan Flynn’s stop motion demolition video, showing the process of demolishing a Cabrini-Green building that sits across the street from him.

Interestingly enough, some New York and Chicago artists had a similar idea, only much more appetizing. Artists Eliza, Eve and Bowie created an “edible ghetto” – housing projects made out of food and then allowed their audience to slowly nibble away at the development one evening.

Take a look:

I think it’s really interesting to watch how the destruction starts slowly. When it’s all one piece, people are hesitant to take a bite. But after the pieces start coming off, people start to chow down. Why not take a piece of something that’s already falling apart?

The artists ask some great questions about the “consumption” of a neighborhood, land and space.

It also reminded me of some former Chicago public housing towers that have already been “eaten,”  – the former ABLA homes on the near West side. Take a look:

The former Grace Abbot homes. Photo from "The Poorhouse"

The former Grace Abbot homes. Photo from "The Poorhouse"

What do you think?


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  1. collapse expand

    Now that’s freeloading at a new level, it moves fast but there are some big bellies, guy with the 1000 dollar digital camera gets at least seconds, think they knew the camera was there? Your thoughts reinforce the “broken window theory”, if a broken window goes unfixed, look out, there goes the neighborhood. My city has streets in the middle of bad, that make you think wow, did I just get transported somewhere else? They look like a suburb, than the next street is falling down, people do overcome amazing things.

  2. collapse expand

    They should have just lit a couple birthday candles inside, and the models would have collapsed at near free-fall speed into their own footprints.

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