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The ball is rolling, and the artists of The House Project are beginning to swing into action for REAL. Andrew Frosst leaves for Montreal on Saturday, so John Frosst and he are getting down to it, beginning to form geometric shapes out of “reclaimed” plywood around the interior windows of the house.

Lane Shordee’s kitchen whirlpool is turning quite rapidly into a tropical oasis. He brought his pal Sean MacAlister to help out on Sunday, and the whirlpool piece looks to be in great shape, with a board walk wrapping around it and a large glass basin. Lane used the clear glass top from a deck table for the basin of his whirlpool (which somehow fits perfectly).

Lauren Simms is also getting down to work. Last we talked, there was a rumour of black lights and white string drawings. Her white string is getting to take over the room, and the barred chain gate of the gun closet plays into the lined aesthetic very well.

For our part, I took today and tomorrow off work, and Wayne Garrett and I started cutting the hole needed for our main-floor to basement slide. The plan is to cover the hole with a door, so it looks like a strange topsy-turvy hallway to the basement.

Danny Kirk and Ian Ward are still out of town, but it looks like they’re going to be working like crazy when they get back here. Between handmade balloons and hidden paintings, it looks like The House Project will round itself out pretty well. Now we’re all in the crunch, so only time can tell.

This is a poster for The House Project. It took me forever because each letter was scanned from a 1960s machinist’s handbook and edited as a separate layer in photoshop. There must be better ways, but I’m not privy to them. The most fortuitous¬† part of the poster is the “calculated” house-shaped spacing between the pentagon-prisms and the larger pentagon. These images are actually scanned from separate pages… and they just happened to line up perfectly in the shape of a house.

Planning and staring (and staring… and planning…) and ripping things apart.

In this (short) series of photos you can see Lane Shordee scoping out the laundry machines, the summer exterior of 229, John and Andrew Frosst right after they clambered down off the roof and onto the back deck, Ashley Bristowe getting excited for the space (Sara Simpson to her left), Chris Turner with a glass o’ wine, and Lane contemplating the kitchen floor/cupboards/counters that he’s beginning to cut into. These are the beginnings, and it’s going to get pretty crazy in the next few weeks. Just wait until those Frosst boys get to work!

As an aside, while the stucco asbestos test in the basement came up CLEAR, we still haven’t heard back about the second asbestos test (drywall mud). We’ll know whether or not the coast is clear by TOMORROW. Cross your fingers for us.

Yesterday night, Wayne Garrett descended into the basement of 229-10A Street and gouged up a sample of the stucco and the drywall mud for asbestos testing. Before cutting into the potentially contaminated surfaces, Wayne remembered to turn off the furnace to avoid spreading air-born toxins all over the house (clever guy!) Afterwards, we discovered the wall drawings left by Sara and John’s kids in the basement hallway. Lit only by a flashlight, they looked like cave paintings in the darkness.

The recommendation for gathering potential asbestos samples is to spray the suspect surface with water and scrape a couple spoonfuls into a bag. For lack of a more effective tool, Wayne used a steak knife, peeling some of the stucco and some of the drywall mud into a set of ziploc bags. Mission accomplished, he brought in the samples to the lab in a big mason jar this morning.¬†Now we have only to wait and see if the house we’re messing with is completely covered in asbestos…

On a happier note, it’s looking like the asbestos tests won’t cost the initial $130 estimated (Western Health and Safety had us pegged for suckers!) Instead, Lane suggested we go through Bio-Chem Consulting, and they charge only $25 a test (5-day turn-around). We’ve put a rush on the stucco sample – which doubles the price – but we’ll still end up with a little bit extra pin-money for invites and posters. I admit, so far this project has been a good lesson in budgeting.

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On a less exciting note, there have been some hitches of late. A couple days ago, Ian Ward (one of the artists who doubles as an employee of Health and Safety) suggested that there may be an interior asbestos problem in the house. This shouldn’t come as a super surprise, considering that the exterior tiles …

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These are the photos I took of the interiors of the house as I saw them for the first (and second) time. 229-10A street is a charming, odd house, featuring some very strange details: a gun closet for a previous owner’s collection of firearms, a stairwell built onto the house as an addition (the only …

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