California-born artist Chad Wright has created an unusual homage to America's sprawling suburban culture.
Photo by Lynn Kloythanomsup of Architectural Black
In a temporary beachside installation called "Master Plan," he built a series of miniature sand houses on San Francisco's China Beach meant to mimic the look of a typical U.S. neighborhood. Stationed perilously close to the waves, Wright's tiny, identical homes were constructed in neat lines and close quarters, only to be swallowed up by the encroaching tide hours later.
The project, part one of a three-part series, is meant to represent a serious critique of modern real estate. "I am conflating a child’s sandcastle with architecture of postwar American suburbia," Wright wrote in an email to The Huffington Post. "Phase One [of the project] focuses on the mass-produced tract house, re-examining it as symbol for the model American Dream."
Wright managed to snap a few photos of the installation before each of his two-story replicas was washed away. Scroll through the photos below and let us know what you think of the work in the comments.