Design 99’s creations are aimed at improving the neighborhood through art and design.
Detroit-based design studio, Design 99 which focuses on engaging the community through art and design, has developed the Neighborhood Machine, a modified Bobcat that is part moving sculpture and part functional tool for the community. The Neighborhood Machine extends the concept of the studio’s ongoing Power House project, which aims to transform an empty house into an art object and an innovative community space. The Bobcat can be hooked to a series of trailers to perform various tasks in the neighborhood such as collecting found material, generating power with photovoltaics and moving stuff around.
Design 99 has also developed a sculptural security device to secure empty houses in order to prevent them from being vandalized or abused, while also offering a sense of security to the partially occupied neighborhoods. Known as Razzle Dazzle, the sculptural device is a brightly painted plywood assembly which creates a pointy obstacle at windows and other access points.
The studio also devised Garden Wall Blockades, made from piles of found material and vegetation, blocking the entrance points.
The Neighborhood Machine and Sculptural Security are on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit till July 25th.