As humans, we always think that the places where we grew up will always remain the same. Even when you travel far and wide, you’d still expect to see the same place when you go back. But what would you do if you went back home only to find the place abandoned? I’m sure it would be heartbreaking to find out that the people you knew no longer live there When one woman found herself in this type of situation, she decided to do something about it.
A Japanese artist by the name Ayano Tsukimi returned to her village 11 years ago only to discover that the place had changed. Only a few of her loved ones and childhood friends still lived in the village, so she decided to do something and well… she filled the emptiness with dolls.
These dolls can be found in different places around the village doing different things. They can be seen on the benches, in streets, outside her house, working in the farms, and even lounging in an abandoned school compound.
It took her over 10 years to sew about 350 life-sized dolls, each one representing a former villager.
“When I make dolls of dead people, I think about them when they were still alive and healthy,” she said. “The dolls are like my children.”
“I never thought it would turn into this. I have a doll based on myself. Every day she watches the pot and the fire. She’s taking a nap now.”
Check out this awesome video:
Valley of Dolls from Fritz Schumann on Vimeo.
Photo Sources: Fritz Schumann, Horiyan