This weekend, the residents of Hamtramck, Michigan are invited to Flower House, a vacant house that has been turned into an art installation by florists from all over the country. Colorful American-grown flowers and foliage (donated by three different wholesalers) cover the entire two-story house. There are 17 rooms, and a different lead florist worked on each room.
Lisa Waud, Flower House creator, purchased the home for $250. This passion project aims to show respect for the city of Detroit by reusing the abandoned house in a creative way, while also giving florists an innovative and unique opportunity to showcase their work.
After this weekend, the house will be destroyed, and the land will be turned into a flower farm and design center. Waud worked with Reclaim Detroit, an environmentally-focused company that recycles and salvages what they can from deconstruction, and plans to resell materials from the house. All of the proceeds from ticket sales will go towards taking down the exhibit, and the wilted flowers will begin the farm's composting system. This year-long project has been a dream come true for Waud.
"Wedding work is fun, translating the vision into flowers, but to have this kind of creative freedom is really rare for florists,” Waud told The New York Times. “The sheer scale of it is incredible, and I’m blown away by the community that came together for this. I’m going to be in happy, emotional tears the whole weekend.” For more information, watch the video below or check out Flower House's Facebook page.
Photo courtesy of Flower House Detroit's Facebook