SURREALESTATE

This cooperative, ambitious program seeks out condemned, temporary or neglected architecture and transforms it into an encompassing work of art. Buildings slated for demolition, facades that will be torn down, and short-term construction structures are the canvas. CultureCandy provides the materials and the artists. This program has manifested itself in various different ways over the years.

One way SurrealEstate works is by having a team of volunteers who research prospect structures through city records, word of mouth and urban development organizations. They make contact with the owners and ask if they would like to participate. Meanwhile, supplies are gathered through donations. Several community businesses have been very helpful in donating paint, paint rollers and other supplies. Finally, a group of artists is set to reconstruct and regenerate the structure. An example is two older homes on Christian Street near the Perkins Road overpass.