THE NEIGHBORHOOD MACHINE
Too Much of A Good Thing, an "exploration of art, community, architecture and spatial and social constructs. The project is centered around The Neighborhood Machine, an intervened and modified bobcat that is part moving sculpture, part functional tool. The Neighborhood Machine [a/k/a hoodcat] is connected both physically and conceptually to their ongoing Power House, a similar initiative to turn a house into both an art object and an innovative community space, and the Heartland Machine a modified boat that undertook a major journey through the United States’ heartland in search of connections and transformational initiatives. Design 99’s work explores the edges of art practice, utilizing, design, architecture, found materials and utilitarian objects to propose creative solutions to complex problems. Their practice has at its core the belief that transformation can happen in a natural way, if we only take a look, think out-of-the-box and take action."
- Luis Croquer
former Director and Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD)