The magic wardrobe
If you've stumbled across the Magic Wardrobe over the years and have photos or videos I would love to see them to add to the gallery - email pics to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Magic Wardrobe is an installation piece I created 10 years ago, and is a travelling portal that has graced many an event, exhibition and festival including Shambala, Sunrise and the Green Man festival where it was featured by BBC Wales (2013) as a highlight of the event - also a marriage proposal by the Magic Wardrobe took place here; though I wasn't there to witness and only heard later on in the day! (She said yes by the way). The love for the Magic Wardrobe at Shambala meant it got 'affectionately trashed' as people tried to get in to this other world they were witnessing through the tiny peephole, so I had to rethink design and stability of the piece which led to the Magic Wardrobe Mk 2 and in this piece I created peepholes lower down for the little-uns so they could view their own little world too. I think the Magic of the Wardrobe is the fact that you peep through the tiny peephole and seeing a bigger space than the wardrobe itself feels like magic..through my experimentation of illusion, mirrors, props, lighting and sound I have been developing a bigger 'room' each time with views into another 'adjoining room' all held in the space of an ordinary single door wardrobe...imagine Joseph Cornell and Escher let loose in the Narnia wardrobe and you can possibly grasp the concept!