As if dropped by a twister, a life-sized rendition of chez Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz recently landed in Rockland, Maine, because, really there's no place like small-town America for wacky collaborative art projects. To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the film, a group of local architects, sculptors, installation artists, and painters built the thing from reclaimed construction materials in one caffeine-filled 24-hour session, locking themselves in a warehouse and working from noon to noon to complete it. Entitled No Place Like Home, the project is currently on display at the Farnsworth Art Museum as part of an exhibit on the film, and given that it can be broken down into quadrants for easy transportation, wicked witches the world over would be advised to stay on guard.
Why work in one all-night session, like a bunch of undergrads during finals week? The whole ethos behind Resisting Entropy, the art collective behind the project, is building something in a single day from recycled materials, which the group's site describes as "an exercise in creating collaboratively within a condensed timeframe and shared space." Beforehand, they spent a week collecting materials, gathering plywood, scrap metal, glass, and shingles into a 10-foot pile, for which they had tetanus shots on hand come construction time. The final product—a loose interpretation of the Dorothy's wind-borne home, where a trailer hitch replaces a tornado for mobility purposes—is pretty impressive, especially considering the group had to get 15 artists on the same page, and on the day of the project, didn't get beyond the planning stage until 2:30 a.m. Head over to Co.Design for a closer look at the construction process.
· A Replica Of "The Wizard Of Oz" House, Built From Scrap [Co.Design]