Modern day twist
The Bread and Puppet Theater (often known simply as Bread & Puppet) has been active since the 1960s when it began in New York City. It moved to Glover, VT in 1974 and still remains there today. For those interested in more details: http://breadandpuppet.org/museum
I thought I was open minded and somewhat adventurous. One step into this old barn museum immediately banished those thoughts from my head. I’m a woos.
It started off with the old bus across the street advertising “Cheap Art”. A clever piece of advertising that gave a slight hint of the weirdness that was to follow. We tromped through a batch of wet grass around the outside of a large barn and looked up at old crusty windows to see the outlines of puppets trying to escape. It was close to Halloween and let me tell you they probably could have made a fortune on this as a haunted house. Ok. Deep breath and we walked in the entrance. The floorboards creaked under our feet and the dusty cobwebs floated from the rafters hitting us in the face. Little signs indicating turn off the lights when you leave were posted next to old rusty light switches solidifying the fact that you were on ‘your own’.
I hesitantly walked into a room and there they were. Hoards of them. All In various ghostly positions. Two creepy floors of them. The things nightmares were made of. They were “grouped according to theme, color, or size, in an attempt to recreate dramatic scenes from bygone shows”. Most if not all had a political statement which was quite interesting. However, I have watched too many horror shows to really relax and believe me, my mind was racing. Freaky. Just plain freaky.
From a photography stand point what a treasure of shapes, textures, and lighting that screamed “capture me in Black and White”. Alas, I really didn't get too many images in focus I was in such a hurry to get out of there.
With the conditions of the 150 year old barn and mustiness, there doesn’t appear to be any attempt to preserve these pieces of ‘art ‘and it didn’t appear any more were in the making, so if you are in Glover Vt…check it out, but you might want to take a buddy): But do check out the slideshow link below!