Boingboing.net recently boinged the amazing model world created by a recovering assault victim, Mark Hogancamp. The attention to detail on show is stunning, and coupled with a compelling and strange backstory, makes a visit to the site well worth while.
From ‘About Mark’ page:
After being beaten into a brain-damaging coma by five men outside a bar, Mark built a 1/6th scale World War II-era town in his backyard. Mark populated the town he dubbed “Marwencol” with dolls representing his friends and family and created life-like photographs detailing the town’s many relationships and dramas. Playing in the town and photographing the action helped Mark to recover his hand-eye coordination and deal with the psychic wounds from the attack. Through his homemade therapy, Mark was able to begin the long journey back into the “real world”, both physically and emotionally – something he continues to struggle with today.
See http://www.marwencol.com/ for the full gallery, and info on the recent doco about Mark’s work. The film picked up the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary at this year’s SXSW Film festival, as well as a bunch of other accolades. Keep an eye out for it.