In honor of the 75th anniversary of the ‘Wizard of Oz’ in 2013, a group of 15 artists in Maine recreated Dorothy’s famous Kansas house using reclaimed scrap metal, plywood and glass. Just like in the movie, the 10 foot tall installation entitled ‘Resisting Entropy: There’s No Place Like Home’, looks like it’s been swept up by a twister and dropped back on the ground on the Wicked Witch’s head.
The house project combines architecture, sculpture and installation art. The team led by artist Jared Cowan purposely kept to the 24 hour time limit so that the final piece doesn’t look too neat or overdesigned. The intention was to create a sense of urgency and spontaneity that would reflect the random destructive nature of a twister.
The material was collected over a period of several days and put together in a 10 foot tall pile about 15 by 15 feet in perimeter. The team entered the warehouse where the house was eventually assembled at noon and worked until noon the next day. Breaking down the floorplan into 6x6x4 units enabled them to work simultaneously and easily move and reassemble the parts. Every room of the finished building was equipped with a light source, making it look like it’s actually inhabited.
The house was on view at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine as part of the exhibit entitled ‘The Wonderful World of Oz: Selections from the Willard Carroll/Tom Wilhite Collection.’