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Love It or Hate It? Ravaged Katrina Homes Become Art

KK Projects, founded by Kirsha Kaechele, reimagines New Orleans buildings as site-specific artworks. While I'm an enthusiastic supporter of the arts, I'm not necessarily a fan of this project. The last thing that ravaged New Orleans neighborhoods need, in my opinion, is somebody turning building sites and homes into art projects, when these lots could be turned into homes for families. Do you agree? What's your take?

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DennisOKelly DennisOKelly 8 years
To debate the merit of the art itself would require much more space than given in the comment area. However, as to the writers point of these houses taking up lots that could be used for functional housing. That is just false. These houses would remain in their current states or be raised to the ground. Unlike a lot of other cities in this country, there is no lack of space for housing in New Orleans. Especially after Katrina. There is plenty of open, unused housing. Far more than needed for the current population and even more than there are people who can actually afford it. These artists are actually pumping money into the economy by purchasing these houses and the materials they use. And bringing people into these neighborhoods to occupy the houses or just to visit is a good thing. Its brings attention and money to the forgotten about neighborhoods. With that being said. We can debate this all day long but what ultimately matters is how it affects the neighborhoods true residents. They didnt look very happy. I would still be very careful about walking around that hood with my expensive leather pants. . Its all good until the rich white lady gets gunned down in the streets.
BellaH68 BellaH68 8 years
I love art, but this doesn't look like art to me. Filling up a home with dirt and leaving it worse than before? How much money did that cost, and couldn't it have been given to habitat for humanity or donated to families in need? I dont get it.
Deidre Deidre 8 years
If the point of this art is to draw attention or give proceeds to support the many families in New Orleans that still need help, then I'm all for it. It it's art for art's sake, and those materials could be reused somehow, then I'm anti. I'm at work and can't watch the clip, so I feel like I'm not quite as informed on the project to completely judge.
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
I think it's in bad taste.
veside veside 8 years
I don't mean to be disrespectful but if you had been to New Orleans recently you would have seen thousands of homes beyond any hope of restoration, and whole swaths of the city in a damaged state. And while this type of art is not my cup of tea, I think it is trying to show how abandoned the city is & draw attention to its plight. After Katrina, little was done to fix the levees by the administration--so what would be the point of putting houses up if, on the next hit, they get destroyed again? It's good to bring these matters back into focus and I think that might be what the artist intends.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
I too am a huge lover and supporter of art, but this isn't art. Not only can those lots be turned into homes for people, but these "exhibits" are a gross display of people capitalizing on the loss and misfortune of others. It's shameful.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I agree.
emalove emalove 8 years
I completely agree with you, Casa.
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