Sunday, August 15, 2010
June 17, 2010: The Torrington Gopher Hole Museum. An Interview with the museum's director Diane Curta
The Torrington Gopher Hole Museum, is a handmade museum representing different parts of Torrington Alberta through homemade scenes featuring taxidermied Gophers wearing homemade outfits, in handpainted scenes. A group of people in Torrington wanted to create a museum that would put Torrington on the map. They employ a local Taxidermist, local women in the town sew the clothes and a local artist paints the backgrounds (while the displays are mounted on the walls).
The museum is now 14 year old, attracting international attention after they upset animal rights activists who were disturbed about the killing of Gophers.
Argueably, killing gophers in rural Canada is like killing rats or mice in urban settings. But you can decide for yourself. (and go see the museum!)
If you know about other creative museums, set up in peoples homes, or other amazing places, let me know. I want to interview them!
No more predictable museums! more creative ideas abound!
Check out images from the museum at: www.jky.net/albums/gopher-museum_index.html
Thank you to Diane Curta, for taking the time to do this interview!