Just in time for Halloween, artist Cornelia Parker has brought her public art installation ‘Psychobarn’ to the Royal Academy of Arts in London, after the 30-foot tall structure was first seen on the roof garden of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 2016. Parker’s Psychobarn structure takes aesthetic cues from traditional American barns and is based on the design of the Bates Motel in Alfred Hitchcock’s cult classic, Psycho. Although that was, in turn, modeled on an Edward Hopper painting from the 1920s.

Cornelia Parker’s ‘Transitional Object (Psychobarn)’ is a scaled-down façade of a real house, which deliberately reveals its scaffold structure behind it. Parker asserts that the installation confronts the ‘polarities of good and evil’ with its contrasting relationship between wholesome American barn, and sinister psychological dwelling. at the Royal Academy of Arts, this series of deliberate paradoxes adds to the illusionary effect, where visitors come face to face with the complexities of Parker’s artistic intention.