The House of Dreams

Received an email from Mark Cersosimo:

Hi there!
Very recently I traveled to London for the first time and stumbled upon this man named Stephen Wright who’s systematically turning his home into a giant piece of artwork he calls “The House Of Dreams”.
I made a super short film about him and his home, and thought it may be of interest to you and/or your readers 😊 Would love to hear your thoughts.

Definitely WU-worthy. In fact, Wright's House of Dreams is a bit like WU itself — a collection of oddities gathered in one place over many years.

The House Of Dreams from Mark on Vimeo.

     Posted By: Alex - Tue May 10, 2016
     Category: Art | Movies | Documentaries

Shame on Mr. Cersosimo for sending a thinly disguised press release for his short film. He just "stumbled" across the guy? Yeah, right.
Posted by Anastasia Beaverhausen on 05/10/16 at 09:49 AM
Gotta agree with the first comment, you got suckered.
Posted by F.U.D. on 05/10/16 at 11:11 AM
Hmm. I'm not seeing why it matters that Mark sent a "thinly disguised press release." Companies occasionally email me weird-themed infographics that they ask me to post, hoping their content will go viral and create free PR for them. Those go straight to the trash.

But if an artist is trying to spread word about their work and emails me about it, and their work seems appropriate for WU, I don't have a problem with that.
Posted by Alex on 05/10/16 at 12:36 PM
In Southern California we have the "Watts Towers." Built form found scrap steel and glass items by Simon Rodia, an Italian immigrant, it is one of those things that makes for California's real charm.

Oh, I do take pride in being part of a collection of oddities.
Posted by KDP on 05/10/16 at 02:47 PM
KDP -- California also has Nitt Witt Ridge, aka the Poor Man's Hearst Castle.
Posted by Alex on 05/10/16 at 04:54 PM
Alex, sometimes it takes an outsider to point out what the natives miss. I did not know of this location. I would also propose the Winchester House located in San Jose, CA. A building without an ending and quite fascinating to tour.
Posted by KDP on 05/10/16 at 05:52 PM
If "a collection of oddities gathered in one place over many years" qualifies as a topic for WU, then there should be an extensive article about all the posters here.

Perhaps less 'artistic' but, to my mind, far more interesting is the Coral Castle.
Posted by Phideaux on 05/10/16 at 06:22 PM
Phideaux -- what?!!?!? I grew up in S.E. Florida, and I never heard of Coral Castle until now -- amazing. I've been thru Florida City and S.W. Miami more times that I can count, and I would have sworn I had seen everything interesting in the area. Looks like I've got something on the agenda for my next visit! I'm especially impressed that this guy used reverse geomagnetism and a perpetual motion holder to build this place. Such handy skills.
Posted by Virtual on 05/10/16 at 08:36 PM
I watched a 'documentary' about how he built it. One of their 'proofs' he was using ancient/alien/paranormal forces was a picture of him hoisting a 5 ton block with a hoist rated at 1 ton (or some such, I don't remember the exact numbers). They'd have to think I'd stolen his secrets if I told them about the time I hauled 3 tons of equipment in a 1/2 ton Chevy pickup (I had to put about 60psi in the ties so I wasn't riding on the rims, and I couldn't get her over 40mph, but I otherwise made the 40 mile trip without incident).
Posted by Phideaux on 05/11/16 at 12:01 AM
Self-promotion? Who cares! I'd see that movie! Hell, my house almost looks like that right now!
Posted by Bill the Splut on 05/11/16 at 05:46 PM
My work shed looks similar but it has more of an electro-mechanical motif, although there are some doll/figurine things donated by the grandkids.

Born and raised for 30 years in Cali, never once heard of the Nitt Witt House. Been to Hearst and Winchester.
Posted by GFinKS on 05/12/16 at 02:12 PM
An eclectic gathering of unusual stuff. Definitely appropriate for us. Everything posted on the internet is the result of someone somewhere seeking publicity.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 05/13/16 at 02:41 PM
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