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The Leona Drive Project 2009, with the use of six abandoned houses slated for demolition, depicts the utopian ideologies of the 1950s in the context of new developments on the fringe of the city.

Title Deed, 2009 by An Te Liu, The Leona Drive Project, Willowdale, Ontario (in the Yonge and Finch area of Greater Toronto).

Lesson / Koan : A dream house or a house for dreams.

The installation at the Leona Drive Project which commanded the most attention was the bright green Monopoly house by An Te Liu, apply named Title Deed.  An Te Liu describes this work as a “life-sized Monopoly house; reinterpreting it according to its current economic logic.Blending in: The house - a previously condemned building in Willowdale, Ontario - took two months to construct

BTW,

Ironically, Monopoly peaked in popularity at the end of 1935 – amidst the Great Depression.  But the game’s didactic application taught that the more you own, the more money you make.

The board game Monopoly is made for 27 countries and has seen more than six billion of the little green houses made.Classic: Monopoly can trace its roots back to 1935 and has editions in 27 countries

NOTE :Cashing in: The artist used wooden planks to shape the house, before it was covered in latex filling paint

Therefore, for those who had little in desperate times, Monopoly provided the utopian dream of home ownership. Now, in present day, the game will be played out when the six suburban houses are rebuilt to make way for the bigger, new suburban dream.

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