The Dollhouse art project represents the return to humble beginnings, the quest for authenticity and the nostalgia for a simpler time.

Not many people have visions of a large scale art installation when they’re driving down a road and spot a derelict and abandoned farmhouse. However, artist Heather Benning was inspired by the desolate nature of an old farmhouse on a drive down a Saskatchewan road in 2006 and transformed the building into a life-size dollhouse.

Benning was inspired by the dollhouse architectural style that the farmhouse naturally seemed to embody. By transforming the aging farmhouse into the child-like platform for a life-size toy, Benning evokes a nostalgia for a past time that everyone wishes for but can never return to.

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