Replica of ‘Psycho’ House Opened on Museum Rooftop

The Metropolitan Museum of Art features a replica of Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’ house

Replica of 'Psycho' House (Photograph by Hyla Skopitz, Imaging Department, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Copyright 2016)
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Art and scary film fans rejoice! The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s newest exhibition opened on its famous roof garden and features a replica of the spooky home featured in Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 horror flick Psycho.

The 28-foot-high model is approximately two thirds the size of the actual Bates home and is is made of materials from an abandoned, 1920s-era barn from the upstate town of Schoharie. “It’s two objects together,” British artist Cornelia Parker, who created "Transitional Object (PsychoBarn), told the Wall Street Journal. “One is a fictional object, which is the ‘Psycho’ house, and the other is a real thing, which is the barn. It’s all fake but all real at the same time.”

She also said both the film and the rural paintings by Edward Hopper inspired her work and that the Psycho home was allegedly inspired by Hopper’s painting House By the Railroad,

With the MET rooftop already a hot summer attraction, the addition of the PyschoBarn will likely make it even more popular. Luckily, it’s on display until the appropriately timed October 31.

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