Hallstatt, China is a project about copied architecture by artists Sebastian Acker & Phil Thompson.
Funded by the Duveen Travel Scholarship we went to China in late 2012 to research the phenomenon of ‘copy towns’, iconic European towns and buildings which are being replicated in China. Our focus is on Hallstatt, a UNESCO-protected Austrian town recently copied complete with artificial lake and imported local doves in the Guangdong Province, but we also went to document Thames Town near Shanghai, World Parks with replicas from around the World, an abandoned Theme Park, the Dafen Oil Painting Village, Ai Weiwei's Beijing home and several buildings inspired by it, and many 'ghost towns' on the way. This blog is to share some images and film footage from our trip as well as articles and other relevant findings. We are currently documenting the original counterparts of these towns throughout Europe and producing works including a film and a book. To keep updated follow @AckerThompson on Twitter.
Wonderland is currently being demolished, according to Berliner Zeitung.
'Some of the world's leading architects are up in arms as yet more copies of famous Western buildings spring up across in China at an unprecedented rate. Famous clones have already included the Ronchamp Chapel in France, the Eiffel Tower in Paris - and the entire town of Hallstatt in Austria. Now British architect Zaha Hadid said she plans to take legal action after her eye-catching Wangjing Soho development in Beijing appears to have been replicated by what she calls 'pirate architects', in the city of Chongqing…'