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my castle and my keep dream houseMy Castle and My Keep Dream House

Created by Daisy Tainton
Brooklyn, New York


Artist Statement:

Daisy Tainton is a former insect preparator and database digitizer at the American Museum of Natural History (13 years working with true bugs in the permanent collections). She currently teaches anthropomorphic insect shadowbox classes at the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn while attending graduate school for Library Science at Pratt. This diorama reflects her dreams and hopes for the future, influenced by recent developments and visits to Montsegur, France, where her fiancé lives. He is not, in fact, a beetle. The historic sites there are now under threat by the tourist industry, and Daisy is working on outreach to protect the land and archeological remains in addition to her other work. This is a dream/fantasy room in a place that really occupies every waking moment! 

The beetles shown are Chalcosoma atlas beetles from Southeast Asia. The castle doorway is a replica of a Dire Wolf jaw fossil. Can you spot the bumblebee? It was found on a sidewalk, naturally deceased.


Dream Houses will remain in the Small Stories exhibition until it closes on January 22, 2017. The National Building Museum will then contact purchaser with details about how they can obtain their items, and any shipping charges will be determined at that time.

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