"Sharp" by Havel Ruck Projects

October 22, 2016

Renowned internationally for their transformation of condemned properties prior to demolition, Havel Ruck Projects did not fail to deliver. The Houston Chronicle commented, “Their new monumental installation transforms a condemned Mid-Century Modern home in Sharpstown into a "sculptural void" lined with a reflective metal skin that captures sunlight and fills the interior with refracted light.” In addition, Sharp was one of five international finalists for the Architizer A+ Awards – the largest awards program celebrating the year’s best architecture and products.

Artist Dean Ruck, Seeds of Sharpstown founder Mike Prentice, Houston City Councilman Mike Laster and artist Dan Havel standing in front of Havel Ruck Project's "Sharp."

Prentice chose artist (a Houston native) Alexander Squier to take the helm in designing something with a “wow” factor that would make people react in two ways – that they are seeing a unique work of art, and secondly, bringing a new level of awareness to Sharpstown. Given free reign, Squier turned the derelict property into an exceptional phenomenon. Everything found in the installation was constructed from items exclusively found in the house or on the property. Approaching it as an archaeological exploration, Squier’s inspiring work garnered attention from the media that went beyond the greater Houston area. Here's the link to his website.

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