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Artists Build Secret Apartment in Rhode Island Mall

PROVIDENCE, R.I.  —  The leader of an artists’ cooperative has been sentenced to probation for setting up a secret apartment inside a shopping mall’s parking garage as part of a project on mall life.

Michael Townsend, 36, said he and seven other artists built the 750-square-foot apartment beginning in 2003 and lived there for up to three weeks at a time.4_61_100307_mall.jpg

The artists built a cinderblock wall and nondescript utility door to keep the loft hidden from the outside world.

He built the dwelling “out of a compassion to understand the mall more and life as a shopper.”

Townsend said plans to make the apartment “super-sweet” with laminated wood flooring and other perks fell apart last week after he and a visiting artist from Hong Kong walked into the room and were greeted by three security guards. He pleaded no contest to a trespassing charge.

Full Story: FOX 

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  1. […] Chris Walters wrote an interesting post today!.Here’s a quick excerptPROVIDENCE, RI — The leader of an artists’ cooperative has been sentenced to probation for setting up a secret apartment inside a shopping mall’s parking garage as part of a project on mall life. Michael Townsend, 36, said he and seven … […]

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