"We experience a contradiction between what our eyes enjoy and what our mind knows."- Dietrich Wegner

At first glance, this happy-go-lucky playhouse could look like any child's dream. But then, the shape reminds us of a mushroom cloud and we're left feeling a little uneasy...

"In Playhouse, I combine an atomic bomb’s mushroom cloud, with one of the safest places one can go, their childhood playhouse," artist Dietrich Wegner tells us. "The playhouse is a place of escape, imagination, and comfort. Often we have used bombs to preserve our playhouse, causing us to be stuck in limbo, between comfort and fear. I question how mindful we are of the consequences of our actions. I search for images that articulate the confusion between the intentions, outcomes and ideals of my nation, while focusing on the spaces between beauty, fantasy, and reality.

"I make my statement from confusion with what I see around me. I want to make images that help me think around my world, so I can, in the end, know what I see a little better. I hope my work helps people think about our collective fears, our innocence and the decisions we make to be safe. My hope is that we climb above our terror enough to think about the reality and consequences of our actions."

When asked what kind of reaction Playhouse has received, here's what Wegner said. "Unfortunately, at least judging from blog reactions to Playhouse , people just seem to think it is cool fun and cozy and I am not sure internet viewers get farther than that."

Dietrich Wegner's website

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Tags: Cloud, Contradictory, Playhouse, The, art

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Comment by Kevin Chung on March 15, 2011 at 9:02pm
I was going to say the exact same thing Linda!
Comment by Ivelin on March 4, 2011 at 11:31pm
id move into one of these
Comment by ashik on March 4, 2011 at 9:43pm
so creative work!
Comment by Jassy Onyae on March 4, 2011 at 9:03pm
that looks so much fun
im sure a kid will enjoy that
Comment by Linda Wang on March 4, 2011 at 12:57am
this is awesome!

it reminds me of the ultimate pirate ship bedroom i saw earlier in the week

Comment by Carmen Yvonne on March 3, 2011 at 4:56pm
I see the Yin within the Yang and the Yang within the Yin.

The playfulness of this clouded sculpture at first glance is extremely inviting. At second, I see the repercussions of mass destruction. When playing as a child, it is innocence but when playing as adults, it is violent with weapons. This sculpture has me asking, how do we learn to grow through our lives not tainted and with an instilled sense of peace?
Comment by Alyssa Anda on March 3, 2011 at 2:55pm
It looks like it would be fun to play in it. At the same time, I get this suffocating feel. It's eerie.

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