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Focus on art: Dan Havel, Dean Ruck

tunnel house 1

Dan Havel and Dean Ruck altered two buildings in the Montrose neighbourhood of Houston, Texas.

Here’s an excerpt from the art league press release, written before the project started:

“Havel and Ruck will create a large funnel-like vortex beginning from the west wall adjacent to Montrose Blvd. The exterior skin of the houses will be peeled off and used to create the narrowing spiral as it progresses eastward through the small central hallway connecting the two buildings and exiting through a small hole into an adjacent courtyard.”

tunnel house 2

tunnel house 3

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tunnel house 6

tunnel house 7

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If you want to view the installation I think you’re out of luck, having read that it’s been demolished. Hopefully these pictures are a small consolation.

Via Aaron Tang at Design Verb.

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22 comments about “Focus on art: Dan Havel, Dean Ruck”

  1. Ouch,
    I’d seen that, didn’t realize it had been destructed though.

  2. WOW! that is so cool! I can’t believe it’s real, It looks like computer made images.

  3. Scot, the artists knew it was to be demolished a few months after the installation. I don’t think they would’ve been able to create it otherwise.

  4. Crazy. I like to create things, but I think it would be difficult for me to spend so much time on something that was just going to be gone in a few days.

  5. Very nice, but I’m not sure I’d want it in my back yard.

  6. Thats pretty crazy. Actually I’m a little surprised that it was demolished – I thought it could’ve been one of those novelty tourist attractions that America seems so fond of.

  7. Randa, reminds me of Julian Beever and his chalk drawings that get washed away by the rain.

    Hey Damien, it’s a shame, but like I said, if the buildings weren’t to be torn down this project wouldn’t have gone ahead.

  8. I am sure that would bring life to any suburban wall.

    The time and desire behind this is admirable and I would like to take my hat of and say WOW.

    The world is full of strange people and that’s why the world is a wonderful place.

    Keep up the inspiration

    Love Jasmine xxxx

  9. Whoa! That is sweet! Looks like that took awhile to do. Too bad it’s demolished.

  10. Classic! Nice tunnell.

  11. I love looking at that. It’s incredible.
    I just hope those guys don’t try it out on my house.

  12. Well, it’s ashame to have art destroyed/demolished. But at least we got to see it. Just like firework, they are gone in a few minutes but we remembered them for a long long time. I blessed myself for being able to admire the artistic creation of Havel and Ruck here.

  13. What a great piece of public art! I love it. It would make a great installation in a park or outside a gallery. I’m so glad you’ve got a few pictures, I hope the artists took lots more.

    cheers – TrishA

  14. AMAZING!!
    At first glance at the pictures I thought it was 2D. I could not imagine how it was 3D. I wish I could have seen it.

  15. That is awesome, it has to be so trippy to look into it and get a black hole effect.

  16. That is so cool…must be a bit weird for the neighbors..
    Creativity breeds the most outlandish, fun, inspirations one can conceive of.

  17. You know, i have seen this picture pop up a number of times around the web but i never actually knew the story behind it. I kind of asumed it was a photoshop, until now of course.

  18. They have a new project in the works!!!

    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ent/arts/gray/6250185.html

    I’ll have to drive over there to check on the project!

  19. The thing about art is once you’ve seen it , its in your mind and creates feelings that are with you always. A masterpiece to recycle and recreate.

  20. i really want to see photos of their “o house” project but cannot find them anywhere. any leads?

  21. Yes you can see it, printed on the side of a wall, there is a coffee shop named Inversion Coffee off of Montrose that has the same installation printed and blown up plastered on the side of the place. The coffee place is next to Texas Art Supply.

  22. I’ll have to print a few copies of that first picture, head over to the bookstore and sneak one into each *House of Leaves*.

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