picture (around 2007) newspaper La Provence
Just outside the community of Gardanne on the road (D7) to Luynes in the Provence area of France, one could drive past a house with a decorated facade.
Life and works
Francis Barale (19??) was the author of this project. A local Gardannne magazine from early 1998 has the story, reporting that Barale at that time was retired and had over twenty grandchildren. So I suppose at that time he was in his sixties, and was born in the thirties of the former century.
Barale has been a gardener and he has worked in a touristic pottery shop in Valabre, making and selling tiles and other touristic items. He told the local journal he is "attached to things", and he does not like throwing away objects.
So in the garden of his house he made kind of an exposition of many objects, mainly childrens toys, and he abundantly decorated the facade of the house with dolls, in this way producing quite decorative scenes, as next pictures show.
this and the next picture (febr 2005)
courtesy of legeckodusoir, Flickr
As far as I understand, in march 2011 the dolls and other objects have been removed (see documentation)
Documentation, more pictures
* article (1998) in local magazine Énergies (p 8)
* pictures (nov 2010) on weblog photopus13
* post in weblog Animula Vagula (aug 2009), with pictures and comment (apr 2011) saying that the dolls have been removed
Maison des poupées
Gardanne, dept Bouches-du-Rhône, region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
streetview (as it was in 2008)