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Article posted: 6/17/2013 9:45 AM

For some homeowners, a house is just a canvas

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Richard Ormbrek's house in Seattle is decorated with a 20-foot-wide American flag made up of 180 individually painted tiles.

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Ormbrek stands beneath the doorway of his house, which was known as "The Totem House" among local residents for its enormous Tlingit Haida painting on the side. The totem archway is the last remaining vestige of the totem artwork.

The American flag on the side of Ormbrek's home is made up of around 180 hand-painted tiles depicting scenes of Americana.

Richard Ormbrek stands next to his Seattle house.

Jay Pennington, associate curator, in the window of The Music Box, a temporary community art project built in the yard of a private homeowner in New Orleans.

Courtesy of New Orleans Airlift

Musicians Thurston Moore, left, and Rob Cambre play an instrumental house in The Music Box. It will become part a permanent musical structure planned for New Orleans.

Courtesy of New Orleans Airlift.

Mardi Gras Indian Theris Valvery of the Black Feathers Tribe performs in Colin McIntyre and Angeliska Polacheck's Tintinnabulation Station at the Music Box in New Orleans.

Courtesy of New Orleans Airlift

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It's hard to miss the enormous 20-foot-wide American flag on the side of Richard Ormbrek's home. Comprised of around 180 tiles painted with scenes of Americana against a background of red and white stripes, the flag pops from the orange cedar shingles with traffic-stopping audacity.
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    • Richard Ormbrek’s house in Seattle is decorated with a 20-foot-wide American flag made up of 180 individually painted tiles.
    • Ormbrek stands beneath the doorway of his house, which was known as “The Totem House” among local residents for its enormous Tlingit Haida painting on the side. The totem archway is the last remaining vestige of the totem artwork.
    • The American flag on the side of Ormbrek’s home is made up of around 180 hand-painted tiles depicting scenes of Americana.
    • Richard Ormbrek stands next to his Seattle house.
    •  Jay Pennington, associate curator, in the window of The Music Box, a temporary community art project built in the yard of a private homeowner in New Orleans.
    •  Musicians Thurston Moore, left, and Rob Cambre play an instrumental house in The Music Box. It will become part a permanent musical structure planned for New Orleans.
    •  Mardi Gras Indian Theris Valvery of the Black Feathers Tribe performs in Colin McIntyre and Angeliska Polacheck’s Tintinnabulation Station at the Music Box in New Orleans.
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