01/15/2013 11:48 am ET

Frank Halmans' ‘Hoover Buildings' Made From Vacuums Are A Metaphorical Model For Clutter (PHOTOS)

We often view our homes as sanctuaries from the outside world. We try to leave our problems at the door and just make our dwellings a place of comfort. Unfortunately that’s not as easy as it sounds. Dutch Artist Frank Halmans’ "Hoover Buildings" explore this difficulty by tproviding a metaphorical model: A machine that literally sucks up dirt into the interior of a dollhouse.

Halman has created functioning vacuum cleaners and dust busters in the shape of buildings in an attempt to show how "dirt and debris" clutters our personal space. According to DesignBoom, instead of using the vacuum to clean our homes, Halmans uses it as "a metaphor for the things which we experience and collect mentally in our memory and physically in our lives."

The structures themselves are truly amazing. Once the machine is turned on you can see the dirt swirl around the space through the tiny windows. Inside the home are small furnishings including chairs, desks and even papers that show just how detail-oriented this artist really is. He even created a replica of his own studio.

Click through our slideshow to see photos of Halmans’ "Hoover Buildings" and head over to his website to learn more.

Frank Halmans' Hoover Buildings

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