To celebrate the restoration of the former dairy shed known as the Doll’s House at Heide Museum of Modern Art in the Yarra Valley at Bulleen, the organisation has released a video on the building’s history and the process of rebuilding.
The tiny timber building is associated with art patrons and collectors John and Sunday Reed, who made Heide their home between 1935 and 1981. Now just a third of its former size (it was truncated some time between the late 1970s and early ’80s), it once provided temporary storage for the paintings of Sidney Nolan, including some of the Ned Kelly series.
The video, directed by Lucie Jamison, features Howard McCorkell, construction director of contractor McCorkell Constructions and their specialist builder Dean Wilson who devised the ingenious method used to ‘hang’ the dilapidated frame shown in the film. History and commentary is provided by Lesley Harding, artistic director of Heide.
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Heide Museum of Modern Art : www.heide.com.au
McCorkell Constructions : mccorkell.net.au
Openwork landscape consultants : openwork.info