“As the city of Detroit disappears, nature is flourishing. I am interested in the duplicity of plant life in Detroit as both blindly innocent and somehow deeply sinister. The two feral houses selected here stood within three blocks of the border between Detroit and the old-money suburbs of Grosse Pointe: more than a municipal border, it is one of race, class and social order. In Grosse Pointe, meticulously groomed and maintained ivy walls of homes and institutions are a symbol of social elitism. In Detroit, ivy also flourishes as a symbol of the indomitable spirit of nature.”—Artist James Griffioen
La Villa Zanelli, Savona, Italy
Built in 1907 by Nicholas Zanelli, situated in a large garden in direct communication with the sea, until 1933 belonged to the family of Zanelli, and then sold to the municipality of Milan, which transformed it into camp and international colony and during WWII, as a field hospital.
It is currently in a state of neglect.