It took a while, but now they're all set up and ready to age for the next few weeks. My son went back to the abandoned site and got me the cool birdcage, the creepy Halloween mask, and the headless doll that's super dirty. He made some other amazing finds there that he hopes to use for an "urban archaeology" art project. I told him he should recreate the setup of the strewn stuff in the gallery and let people sort through it like he did.
You can see the mask and the little barbies in one shot, the dolls along the top of the shed in another (the doll on the right will have a glow stick in its head--it's missing its eyes), there's a head on a stick, a doll done up with crackling medium, all of the dolls with the sheet where the movie of dolls being dissected will be projected, the headless dirty doll is in another picture, and the bad dolly in a cage in another shot.
Yes, it is rather demented, which is the objective of the whole display. Most seating in the gardens will face towards that area. There's also a cemetery with ghost and lightning area and a reaper near sand with black birds, bones and beaten cloth sticking out of the sand. People in the main gardens won't have trouble being frightened. The pool area will have massive spider webs and giant spiders. I still haven't determined what will be in the pool. I'm leaning towards debris since it's post-apocalyptic. Can't have it too sparkling. I'm also going to put a red lens on the pool light. The entryway will be guarded by Modi the huge mannequin dude with radioactive stickers and tons of white crosses for graves in the yard and lightning flashing. All in all, I'm ahead of schedule. Today's my day off, so I'm hoping to get the gardening tasks done, i.e. finish the stupid flagstone walkway I've been avoiding.
I can't wait to film it and take photos on the night of the party so you can see how weird it is at night. I went for a walk in the garden last night and it was very unsettling. Just like Doll Island. You feel like they're all watching you and I swear the one with crackling stuff on it moved! Really!