Tin House (youth version) – Decoding ART – Heritage Monuments

Tin House (youth version) – Decoding ART – Heritage Monuments


This capsule is presented by Canadian Heritage What a cool idea to put the facade of a house on the wall of another house, don’t you think? In fact it’s really a work of art! Look how it’s hanging on the wall like a painting might hang in your living room. Go ahead and get a closer look. It’s empty and almost seems to be lightweight, but it’s actually very heavy. It is the work of two men at two different periods in time. The first one was Honoré Foisy, who was a tinsmith — he made all kinds of things out of sheet metal. His house was very close to here and, instead of making a big sign to advertise his tinsmithing business, he decided to cover the whole front of his house in sheet metal to show his future customers how talented he was. He made the sheet metal look like all the different materials that made up his house: stone, brick and wood. After the house got to be about 100 years old or so, it was in such bad shape that it had to be torn down. But, the beautiful facade that Mr. Foisy had made was saved. Many years later, the second man in the story got involved — a sculptor named Art Price. As you can probably imagine, because it was so old, the tin facade had to be repaired. So, Art Price re-created some of the pieces, restored the ones that could be saved, and, like a puzzle, rebuilt the facade bit by bit until it looked exactly like the one Honoré Foisy had made. You could actually say that the Tin House you’re looking at is really the work of two very talented artists. What a great story! If you could do it, what would you cover your house with?

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