Artist Gets Probation for Building Secret Mall Apartment

Michael Townsend is an imaginative artist, and one of his projects just got a lot more attention. Mike and his wife were the first people I met when we moved to Providence and they told us about their project of building an apartment and living in the Providence Place Mall. They showed us a video a couple years ago that documented the building and living. After watching the video, Mike told me I shouldn’t really tell anyone, even though I was bursting to, so I’m glad his project can now get the attention it deserves (though sad that Mike got probation out of it (though happy the punishment wasn’t more severe.)) Anyway, check out the video and think about what it would be like to live in a mall for 3 weeks.

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Updated to add this much more informative link from the ProJo including a quotation from a mall spokesman claiming the mall felt “violated”.

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Updated again to clarify story and to add an opinion column from the ProJo praising the mall’s artists-in-residence.

Artist Gets Probation for Building Secret Mall Apartment

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