all photographs in this post are by Wes Christensen
This is the beautiful MH2. It is 1/6 scale and one of a kind made for an artist at Disney Studios. That made me wonder how many
MH1' s are out there. Mine is signed by Wes. He said he made 10, and one in 1/24 scale That delights the collector's heart in me. And there is only 1 MH2!
Wes continues "As far as Miniature influences, I remember being very interested in small scale things. I loved small vehicles, houses, action figures, anything that was “real” or “everyday” but small. I would play for hours with toys called “Adventure people”. (fisher price made them in the late 70’s early 80’s) These were action figures and vehicles of everyday, real, people or occupations that were small. Forest rangers, construction workers, shark hunters, etc. I loved the small version of real things." he said
The importance of play can not be underated! Can it?
Wes says,"I build architectural models as part of my profession and was thinking what other avenues could this model making take me. So, I jumped online and looked up dollhouses and discovered an entire world of great people that collect, buy, decorate, furnish, and inhabit (with mini residents) dollhouses. However, I wasn’t really interested in building small traditional houses I wanted to go modern."
"Then, I thought, I have a design for an awesome house I did for a project in school and would love to implement as my own “big” house someday. So, I designed in the computer MiniHouse2 (MH2). This was a huge mini house that I built and will only build once. It was 36” square and pretty extensive to build. I do admit, it was freaking sweet, for lack of a better term and the buyer was awesome (A fine lady at Disney Toon Studios), however, I am sad to say the next MH2 I build will be full size"
I want one. Don't you... Full size!
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