The Invisible Bungalow

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“A farmer who built a bungalow inside his barn to bypass planning laws has been ordered to demolish the structure”

reports the >> BBC <<.

“Graham Head constructed his home on the North Downs under the cover of darkness and behind fences and a wall of hay.” However, “Planning officers for Mole Valley District Council were tipped off by ramblers who were concerned about the activity on the Surrey farm.”

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With shades of Archigrams Urban-Pastoral landscape projects, Elizabeth Wrights ‘Bungalow’ at The Showroom, Michael Landys ‘Semi Detached’ at the Tate Britain, it Farmer Head is working in a rich cultural vein.

He now has eight weeks to dismantle it. One can only hope that this is not the end but the beginning of a cat-and-mouse game between Head and the Planners, with bungalows secreted beneath haystacks, in cattle sheds, hidden in fields of maize, or under piles of manure.

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See here for an earlier StrangeHarvest pieces on >> Archigrams Pastoral Futurism << , >> this << on the un-rustic landscape of the Lake District and >> this << (over at contemporary) on artists making houses that aren't really houses.

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