Abandoned Home Becomes Work Of Art
Man adds beauty and history to a home before crews demolish it.Photo: Video by kmtv.com
Omaha,NE - "I've always had an interest in storytelling," Watie White of Omaha says about his latest project.
White has been in Omaha for seven years and says the project at 24th and Emmet is unlike anything he has ever done before. He's taken the windows of the home and posted original paintings that he says tell the stories of a family that would live in the home.
The house which sits at 2424 Emmet St. was built in 1895. It's been vacant for about eight years. White gathered stories through interviews with neighbors and old inhabitants. He also went inside the house he says was full of everything from exercise equipment to food left in the pantry.
"I was worried that something might crash. That I didn't know if this place was going to be sound. I didn't know if I was going to stumble on a family of raccoons that would go for the jugular," he said.
White used friends as models. His paintings were done in acrylic on paper and then digitally enlarged and printed on vinyl. They were then mounted on plywood and installed. He has spent six months on the project, and he plans to remove the windows and paintings for later showings and possible sales.
The building will be demolished at the end of March. Habitat for Humanity eventually will build anew on the site.