Dioramas have always been popular with both adults and children alike, for they take a sequence from popular culture, and create a model of sorts in a compact manner that can be exhibited for everyone.
The fourth annual Washington Post Peeps Diorama Contest saw several interesting dioramas and 37 of the more than 1,100 dioramas have been listed online at Washington Post. The ones that we really liked are the dioramas inspired by Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, Super Mario Bros., and the children’s classic “Where the Wild Things Are”.
“The Mad Hatter’s Peep Party” was created using a large amount of Sculpey, handmade lanterns and bunny shaped topiaries. It was created by Amy Billingham of Kensington and Rob Black and Lauren Emeritz of the District. If you have read Alice in Wonderland, you would know that Alice was warned by the Cheshire Cat not to go to the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, as he was truly mad. One can remember the sequence where Hatter and March Hare try to put the dormouse in a teapot.
Margaret Cooney and Adam Matuszeski of the District created the “Where the Wild Peeps Are”, inspired by the classic children’s book “Where the Wild Things Are“. The diorama consists of teddy bears, bunny peeps and chick peeps. They created the eyes with the help of thumbtacks and the rest of the bodies were created with the help of Peep parts or finger puppets.
If you like Super Mario Bros more, here is a diorama that is inspired by the classic video game as well. The Super Peepio Brothers was created by Mark Rivetti of Silver Spring. He needed 45 hours to create all the characters including Mario, Luigi, Lakitu, Bowser, Koopa Troopas, Goombas and Piranha Plants. He used chick or bunny Peeps. These dioramas not only look great but also inspire others to create such beautiful things themselves.