By Wendy Vogel
Conceptual artist Mary Ellen Carroll rotated a house in 2010 to make a statement on urban policy and she believes its disassembly is a tribute to the victims of Hurricane Harvey
On 11 November, a group of approximately 150 invited guests gathered on the lawn of an abandoned single-family house in the Houston suburb of Sharpstown to watch it be destroyed in the name of art.
The event was a performance titled Daringly Unbuilt, by the New York–based conceptual artist and designer Mary Ellen Carroll. Exactly seven years earlier, on 11 November, 2010, Carroll had executed a 180-degree rotation of the Sharpstown home on its lot. The action marked the dramatic climax of prototype 180, a multiphase art project begun in 1999 that, in Carroll's words, is an “urban alteration that makes architecture perform”. Daringly Unbuilt would be the final on-site performance of prototype 180.