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'Theatre of Mankind' to close

The hundreds of thrift-shop curiosities that encompass Bill Hutton's decidedly cosmological art-covered house soon will come down.

Stuart Scott, the nephew of the 77-year-old poet who died June 21 of a heart aneurism, has announced plans to sell the Old North End house at 124 E. Espanola St.

But before that happens, he said, he's seeking to preserve his uncle's artistic vision. Scott, who lives in Virginia, is calling on artists who could create a massive photographic replication of the house, which could be displayed in a local gallery, school or coffee house.

"This is my best idea for preserving it," he said.

Peter Richard of Accent Photo Imaging, a professional printing company in Colorado Springs, said the project would be similar to creating a billboard or wall art.

A representation that stands about half the size of Hutton's two-story house would cost between $4,000 and $8,000.

To pay for the project, Scott said some of the items on the house could be sold. But he also hopes there is an artistic or historical group that is interested in the project.

Jane Turnis, a spokeswoman for Colorado College, said the school occasionally accepts unusual projects like the one described by Scott. But she wasn't sure any department on the campus would be interested.

Hutton was a flamboyant character, thrilling neighbors with his stories about the objects on his home. He died while standing on a ladder as he attached a painting to the outside of the house.

If the project Scott proposed doesn't come together, he said at least posters could be made for Hutton's admirers. Those would be far less expensive, costing roughly $100 each.

Scott can be reached at

-- Michael de Yoanna

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