Life-Sized Dollhouse Design: Colorful, Creative & Creepy


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It might not be as elaborate or elegant as Joss Whedon’s contemporary vision, but this life-sized full-scale dollhouse by Heather Benning is the real deal. This art installation is part found object work and part experiential sculpture and all kinds of strange.

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The basic idea in this transformation was simple but is anything but obvious from the road: peal off one face of an old farmhouse – abandoned since the 1960s – color it brightly, fill it with period pieces of furniture and add plexiglass to protect the interior.

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On approach one simply sees a sign for the upcoming dollhouse and has to wonder what it has to do with what appears to be a falling-apart wooden building in the distance. Winding up the road, however, there is a strange surreal shock that occurs when you can suddenly see into every room of this ghost house.

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Two questions remain, though: (1) what would it look like if you populated it with poseable figures and (2) how strange would it be to try and live in such an enclosure?

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