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From Derelict To Dollhouse

Artist turns abandoned farmhouse into giant toy

A Canadian sculptor who saw potential in an abandoned farmhouse has managed to transform the derelict building into a visually arresting life-size dollhouse.

When Heather Benning spotted a crumbling house in Saskatchewan, a prairie province in southern Canada, in 2005, she decided to rescue it from decay in a most unusual way.

The 32-year-old artist, who says her goal is to "make viewers question their relationship to their surroundings," worked for years turning the ruin into a giant dollhouse.

The resulting creation, complete with an open front and classic dollhouse decor, is simple, yet stunning.

With its faded pastel interiors and sparse 50s style furnishings, her project is made even more surreal by its rural surroundings.

"My site-specific installations rely on surrounding landscape and architecture to create a mise-en-scene for the viewer, thus making the works a multi-sensoral experience," Benning writes in her Artist's Statement.

She left the Cedar-wood exterior untouched, and completely transformed the building's rotting inertior

Let us know what you think of Heather Benning's life-size dollhouse on Twitter or in the comments section below

Words: Anna Pollitt, Pictures: heatherbenning.ca/artprwire.wordpress.com

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