Has there ever been a greater truth spoken in the history of cinema than Dorothy’s comment that ‘there’s no place like home’ ? This quote from the now 75 years old Wizard of Oz movie gives something of the inspiration behind this fantastic exhibition. A group of 15 artists set about recreating the famous Kansas home using reclaimed scrap metal, glass and wood. They cetainly succeeded in capturing the essence of the tornado struck country house.
Reflecting the terrific intense power of a tornado, the artists collected the material over several days. They then worked spontaneously, moving the wood, metal and glass around in unstructured fashion. Every room was then given a light source, making it look as it had been previously occupied.
The house is currently on show at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine until the end of March. It is part of an exhibition titled ‘The Wonderful World of Oz: Selections from the Willard Carroll/Tom Wilhite Collection.’
Robert Monk January 15th, 2014