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Benjamin Verdonck Builds a Child Fantasy for the Elderly

 - Jun 23, 2012
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Tree houses are usually reserved for kids with a boundless imagination but Benjamin Verdonck holds a different opinion as he built a tree house at a senior home.

This Antwerp-based visual artist, director and writer decided to build a tree house in Vogelenzang park for the art festival Track, a contemporary exhibition in Ghent, Belgium.

This senior home is actually a clubhouse for the elderly and was first built in the 1950s. Verdonck created a replica of a segment of the actual building and although the tree dwelling is inaccessible, it's meant to offer people the notion of the connection between young and old. Benjamin Verdonck deliberately chose this setting to have people make the distinction of this evocative work by exploring the realities of both the past and present.