Beach House

About This Project

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The inspiration for this effort is the Hemingway book “Islands in the Stream” and a movie by the same title. The story takes place in a beach house in Bimini before and during WWII. The plot follows a divorced artist painter who escapes to Bimini in order to find himself. After the loss of one of his children, he becomes rudderless and later finds himself after encountering German refugees off the coast of Cuba.  

The box is a bit of a mosh of a Bimini Beach House, Hemingway’s home in Key West, and paintings of a wonderful artist, Antoine Chapon, who lives on St. Martin. I had the opportunity to visit with Chapon in 2014 and fell in love with his work and his classic beach residence. He was also nice enough to give me his permission to use an image of his work in the box.

Also, while building the box, I worked with a friend and talented artisan, Michael Yurkovic. I commissioned him to build a miniature version of Hemingway’s Huler typewriter. I think his miniature typewriter is what makes the box come alive.

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