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article imageCanadian artist turns old farmhouse into one-sided doll house

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By Nancy Houser     Jun 30, 2012 in Arts
Heather Benning, a Canadian artist who used to play house in a nearby old farmhouse as a child, has turned an old abandoned farmhouse into a giant dollhouse, located in a field near Manitoba, Canada, off Highway 2 near Sinclair.
Benning created the exhibit "Dollhouse" while serving as artist-in-residence for Redvers, Sask., about 30 kilometres west of the house.
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According to Read Reid Reid, she "took the old abandoned farmhouse, removed the rear wall completely, furnished the place with stuff from the late 1960s when it was last inhabited and covered the open wall with plexiglas - instant doll house! The name is only one of the many ironies the project evokes. The loneliness of prairie pioneer women who could go months without seeing another woman struck me. The location is bleak if not desolate although Highway #2 was once a trail. The house is about a hundred years old now and Heather says it will remain an art project until it falls down."
The Dollhouse took approximately 18 months to complete, telling CBC News,
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"I wanted to show the passage of time … I was able to show what it looked like before it was left, but then what it looks like now, you know, 35 years later," said Benning.
"I chose to leave the porch on there, which is rotted out, and [leave] everything to look quite rustic on the outside."
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