Things may be bad for the rest of the country, but they’re really bad in Detroit. The once flourishing city that gave America generations of gas guzzlers and Motown is a shell of its former self. To highlight the “current freeze in the housing market” and Detroit “leading the nation in foreclosures,” a photographer and an architect collaborated on “Ice House.”

Basically, its a project whereby they spray a bunch of water on an abandoned house in freezing cold weather so layers of ice form, making the property look even more dilapidated, deformed, and barren than it already was, creating a point of reflection—mentally. There’s a little more to it once it thaws out, so tune into their blog for updates and watch this video that better explains the other elements of the installation. |NPR|

Photo: Ice House