Artist Projects

The Doll Cathedral


Joseph Schneider

The Doll Cathedral is a 40-foot-tall Gothic Cathedral built out of Ken, Barbie, G.I. Joe and other action figure dolls. Working with members of his small Oregon community, Schneider creates the sculpture for a site adjacent to a national scenic area off an Oregon state highway; his primary intended audience is tourists. Inspired by everything from consumer culture to Tantric Buddhism to the story of the Garden of Eden, The Doll Cathedral is a humorous, outrageous look at the sacred and profane, culture, community, and commodity.

Project Updates

  • 2007: Schneider completes building apse pier and buttress columns for The Doll Cathedral