CONCEPT: My idea for Golden Opportunity came from examining both the already existing homes in the Washington Park area and the absences of homes that once existed. I had discovered from research that the area has city codes that do not allow for new development to take place on empty lots. The structures of condemned or abandoned houses are either torn town or left standing in hopes of improvement to take place.
My piece is meant to beg the question of what happens when we remove these structures and how these existing structures affect the space. This is also open to the conception of what is public and what is a private space. Is it possible to utilize these spaces or is it an intrusion on someone else?
DESCRIPTION: Golden Opportunity acknowledges spaces of potential and beauty within the community. Four doors were clad in gold leaf. Three doors were the front doors of currently condemned or abandoned houses. One door was a freestanding door on a vacant lot as the entrance to a now non-existent building. The gold leaf, though fragile and temporary, points to the value or treasure these buildings may yet have. I am reminding others of their potential.
Kelly Marie Stamper
LOCATIONS: 1627 & 1631-33 North 37th Street and 3801 West Sarnow Street, Milwaukee, WI
PARTNERS: Habitat for Humanity volunteers, Lisbon Storm & Screen