Art house: Calgary home set for demolition turned into creative project.

Journalist Heath McCoy of the Calgary Herald came to check out the House Project a couple days ago. He composed this article about what he saw. Moments later, video journalist Rick Donkers of the Calgary Herald recorded the above video segment about The House Project.

But don’t worry. In between bouts of surprising media attention, we’ve still managed to focus at least a little bit on the project itself…

Photo of Danny Kirk in his space by Stuart Gradon, Calgary Herald

Janet Dirks from CTV news came and interviewed Lauren Simms, Ian Ward, Daniel Kirk and (indirectly through Kevin Green) Wayne Garrett and myself a couple days ago. The footage played on the National News at 11 pm on Friday. Again, internet-magic can also be employed to watch the segment by clicking here.

Wayne Garrett and I had the fantastic fortune of scoring this amazing slide from CDC Recreation (the same folks who remove old playground equipment for the City, refurbish anything salvageable, and send the used playground equipment to 3rd World Countries). This is the story of us making up our minds where to install it, and then doing just that.

Special thanks to Wayne from the City of Calgary, and Mike from CDC Recreation.

Yesterday, Wayne Garrett and I (and several unsuspecting neighbourhood kids) were interviewed by Kevin Green of CTV News.

Thanks to the wacky wonders of modern technology, you can catch the whole interview right here, right now, by clicking on this link.


Karen Moxley conducted and composed this interview about the House Project for CBC Radio’s The Eye Opener. It played  pre-7:00 am this morning.

Apparently between us (the artists) we listen to a lot of CBC radio – I got a text message from John Frosst at 7 am and an e-mail from Ian Ward this evening. Both fellas caught the broadcast live. Pretty impressive considering the night-hawkish tendencies of artists (and the fact that nobody knew when it would be playing).

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This afternoon Daniel Kirk and I had the great pleasure of being interviewed by Karen Moxley of CBC radio for tomorrow morning’s broadcast. This is the first time I’ve ever been interviewed by CBC, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. Considering a classic Canadian childhood and my fair share of homeschooling, a healthy respect …

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There are certain learning curves to every project. The House Project just happens to come with a full set of learning slides! Early on, one of the artists mentioned that we should turn the entire house into a giant game of snakes & ladders. I guess that kind of stuck with Wayne Garrett and I, …

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Meaghan Baxter wrote this article about the House Project from Saskatchewan. She called each one of us individually and gathered everything together, and then FFWD published “Re-imagining the Unusable” this morning.

Also this morning: Greg Chernoff, the fantastic host of Soapbox Derby on CJSW, had John Frosst, Andrew Frosst, Wayne Garrett and myself on the radio. Wish I’d thought to snag a recording!