Dorothy’s House Lands at the Farnsworth

Recently many intermedia artist’s including myself participated in a 24hr collaborative build called Resisting Entropy, hosted by the owner of Asymmetric Arts in Rockland Maine, Jared Cowan. The original purpose of prior Resisting Entropy shows was to bring artist’s together along with one big pile of junk, lock them in a gallery for 24 hours, and watch the artists turn societies discarded junk into art. The over arching purpose of Resisting Entropy is to allow artists to make work under abnormal circumstances and in a combined effort to change the universal force of decay into a positive force that celebrates togetherness, growth, and creativity.

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In 24hrs 10 artist will turn these discarded materials into a replica of Dorthy's house landing in OZ.
In 24hrs 10 artist will turn this into Dorthy’s house.

This years Resisting Entropy was a little different.  Rather than the artist’s coming together to make individualized work they instead collaborated to create an installation relating to the Wizard of OZ gallery show showing at the Farnsworth this month.   The theme being Dorothy’s house lands at the Farnsworth was dubbed Resisting Entropy – No Place Like Home Edition.

The house was created in eight modular sections allowing it to be assembled and disassembled easily.  Each section was created by loose teams of people imbuing each section with a different character.

IMG_0429                   Siglinde & Susan

The base structure had to be strong enough to not fall due to a strong gust of wind.  No one is allowed in the building due to safety concerns but people can get close enough to look into the windows therefore some of the crew focused on structural integrity.  The design of the roof on the other hand had to be light and airy so that a crew of four or five could lift each section into place.  Notice the skeleton of the roof structure, made with the thinnest boards possible.

Roof Sections             Before the Roof

At this point we are getting close to night fall but our energy remains high.  Most of us were amazed to see a structure rise from the dusty pile of scraps that existed hours earlier.

Now it is time to start figuring out how we are going to get the roof up and fasten it in a twisted manner.  This is the crucial part of the build making the house look as if a tornado landed it where it sits.   The second level of the house is twisted approx. 30 deg. from the first level.  Each quarter piece was lifted up and placed by the crew but only after Davy danced his version of Staying Alive.

Partial Roof              Dancing Davy


As morning rolled around and the light came back into the sky the roof was assembled, fastened, and the interior rooms were decorated with appliances, art, and furniture.

Rear Roof    Finito!

The Amazing Kitchen              3

Welcome Mat              The Bed Room

Stage one of the build is complete, so we pack up our tools and start the 2 hour drive home.  After a 24 hour build and no sleep the rest of the week was sure to be grueling.  The great part was knowing that the house would be the center piece of The Collective’s Halloween bash on the Following weekend.

The Collective's Party

The Farnsworth was generous enough to let us attend the party for free as we all celebrated a great job done.  Once the party was over the house was disassembled and moved to it’s resting place in the Farnsworth’s sculpture garden where it will be on display for the next month.