Writer Etgar Keret to live in narrowest house in Warsaw

The Jakub Szczesny-designed domicile is being built as an experimental project aimed at portraying the city as artistically innovative

WARSAW (JTA) – Israeli writer Etgar Keret will get the keys to the narrowest house in Warsaw.

The house, which will measure between approximately 2 1/2 feet and 4 feet wide at different points, is an artistic project undertaken by architect Jakub Szczesny and the Foundation of Modern Art.

Keret is expected to get the keys to what has been dubbed the Keret House, which will be built in the gap between the buildings at 22 Chlodna St. and 74 Zelazna St. in October. Keret’s mother was born in Warsaw near the place where the house is being built.

“Etgar Keret will get the keys to the house and will be the host, but not an owner,” Sarmen Beglarian of the Foundation of Modern Art told JTA. “Keret will invite artists who will create works of art connected to Warsaw.”

The goal of the project is to show Warsaw as a city where interesting experiments that change the mind-set of its inhabitants are possible. The cost of the project is about $61,000.

The house will remain standing until 2016, according to organizers. Keret reportedly will stay there during his visits to Poland.

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