We love doll houses. Don’t you? Remember spending hours rearranging those tiny beds and closets? Sliding figures down staircases. Moving all the furniture to the roof.
Perhaps the most appealing part of a doll house is its one open wall. You can see right into everyone’s business. Wouldn’t it be great to have a life size one? Heather Benning thought just that when she passed by an abandoned house in Manitoba, Canada. She spent eighteen months of her residency converting the house into a beautiful piece of art.
The artist says, “I [explore] issues of identity, rural displacement and/or reclamation, heritage and nostalgia. My site-specific installations rely on surrounding landscape and architecture to create a mise en scène for the viewer, thus making the works a multi-sensorial experience.”
Don’t you want to play?
All image credit to Heather Benning
Another kind of real life doll house.