“Salvaged Landscape,” created by artist Catie Newell, is both a material representation of the emerging urban art movement in Detroit and also an true example of the streets of downtown Detroit. Newell’s piece was originally part of an entire urban house. This house was destroyed in an arson incident, but certain parts (including nails, several different remnants of wood, and other debris) were turned into this piece of art. The space left where the burned house once stood will be used for public art space. This public art project is the work of a Detroit nonprofit called The Imagination Station. The Imagination Station focuses on “construct[ing] a creative campus in Detroit built on community, technology, sustainability and the arts” (Imagination Station website).
“Salvaged Landscape” is located on Rosa Parks Circle, directly outside of the Grand Rapids Art Museum. To find out more about the artist, please visit this website- www.cathlynnewell.com. Here is an article and a video on the piece: www.good.is/post/catie-newell-s-salvaged-landscape-an-arsoned-detroit-house-becomes-public-art.