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Saturday, 3 November 2012

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Imagine this place full of rodents - oh, you already have?

Doris Mad, 57, of Dorking, has created an extraordinary living artwork. In her front garden she has built a scale model of the House of Commons, which she has filled with 650 rodents to represent the 650 UK Members of Parliament.

Every UK MP is represented, from a chinless guinea pig with a top hat for Prime Minister David Cameron, to a ferret who looks surprisingly like opposition leader Ed Miliband. There is also a weasel to represent Deputy PM Nick Clegg. Most of the rodents have been individually trained to sit in the house and not scuttle off to the nearby woods.

Although praised for its detail and its amazing accuracy, the simulated parliament does have a few noticeable differences to the real House. For example, there are two exercise wheels in the corners, and a giant bottle of water is strapped to its side. MPs are constantly lapping at the nozzle which pokes through the wall just above the Speaker's chair. Also the floor of the Commons is littered with sawdust and faeces.

Mrs Mad has created a series of short videos entitled "Prime Verminister's Question Time," in which she has persuaded most of the leading rodents to sit in the correct positions for the people they represent. Regrettably in one the videos, a stray cat viciously mauls and then runs off with the MP for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East.

Her next project is to be an adjoining House of Lords, featuring the 764 Lords and Ladies of the upper house. However, she is first going to see whether the rats of the House of Commons breed, which will save her money on buying hundreds more rodents to fill it.

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