Exquisite Corpse - ExCo
  • Ex Co Put-put is a grass roots DIY collaborative project by artists and enthusiasts to make a one acre course from imagination and what's readily available.

  • It is to open in rough form this spring at 2701 Harrington, a reclaimed EPA site, next to the railroad tracks and a metal recycling yard with a splendid view of downtown.

  • Each artist or small team makes their own hole adjacent to the next persons spot . Like a game of exquisite corpse, it's a surprise how it turns out and the ball travels through everyone's art connecting the parts into one cohesive conceptual place.

Letter from Nestor Tophy


As our city's artists are constantly driven from prime real estate via gentrification, the plans for HIVE district are to counter this reality as a last stand of sorts inside the Houston 610 Loop. HIVE district, a model still in its infancy, is and will remain artist-owned, run, and populated, with studio, office, congregation, and performance spaces built out from recycled and refurbished shipping containers and more. This bit of property is currently expanding and will be a true neighborhood where artists will not only be able to afford to inhabit, but will within this district thrive.

Our current project for one section of the property is "Exquisite Corpse Putt-Putt", an artist-designed take on miniature golf. Its projected completion date is April 2021.


What is Exquisite Corpse?

In this current iteration we've begun planning a situational event, something of an approach to thriving, in a fun and beautiful way, the new plague reality and dealing with negativity, without avoiding it, by creating a huge putt-putt golf course on an old EPA cleaned up Brownfield site  next to a scrap yard with a great view of downtown. We're inviting artists and all kinds of creative-minded people to join us in a transformative celebration where DIY philosophy and junk conspire to create prosperity.


How can we do this?

Each artist or small team makes their own hole adjacent to the next person's spot. like a game of exquisite corpse, or exquisite course.  It's a surprise how it turns out, and the ball travels through everyone's art connecting the parts into one cohesive, collaborative work of art. A few dozen creative individuals will share resources, including design, materials, and labor. This can become a model for everything good and true that can happen in our community.


This space will empower both old and new generations of creative people in Houston. Because we are casting our net wide and encouraging participation from many groups, there will be something for everyone. I'm basically lighting the fuse and inviting all of you to come together around this opportunity to play here, buy land for yourselves, and help form a team to establish deed restrictions and forward-thinking sustainable practices.


Nestor Topchy
Co-founder, HIVE Houston

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