In Brief

A reflective pop-up art pavilion in downtown Flint, Michigan symbolizes the people and places who have been hurt by the worldwide recession.

In an empty parking lot in downtown Flint, Michigan sits the ghost of Mark Hamilton’s house. Hamilton, a young resident of Flint lost his Tudor home to foreclosure. But the thing is, Mark Hamilton and his lost house, do not exist. They are figments of the imaginations of Two Islands studio, a design collective in London, over 3,500 from the Flint parking lot.

Two Islands designed a reflective sculpture of the outline of a tudor home, floating on a pedestal, sitting in the center of the parking lot. The mylar house is meant to represent Mark’s house and all the others that were lost in the economic downturn. It is both a representation of loss as well as a hint of hope and the ongoing revitalization of the city. The pavilion is part of the Flint Public Art Project and provides a public space for the population to gather and reflect. Two Islands won the commission last March, with their fictional backstory providing a strong, relatable narrative for the piece.

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