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Marwencol is a miniature town in Kingston, NY[1] created by the American artist Mark Hogancamp.

On April 8, 2000, Mark Hogancamp was attacked outside of a bar by five men who beat him nearly to death after he told them he was a cross-dresser.[2] After nine days in a coma and forty days in the hospital, Hogancamp was discharged with brain damage that left him little memory of his previous life. Unable to afford therapy, he created his own by building a 1/6-scale World War II-era Belgian town in his yard and populating it with dolls representing himself, his friends, and even his attackers. He called the town "Marwencol," blending the names "Mark," "Wendy" and "Colleen."

Hogancamp was initially discovered by photographer David Naugle, who documented and shared his story with Esopus magazine,[3] whereby his work was shown in a New York art gallery.


The film Marwencol (also known as Village of the Dolls in the UK)[4][5][6] is a 2010 American documentary film that explores the life and work of artist and photographer Mark Hogancamp. It is the debut feature of director-editor Jeff Malmberg. It was the inspiration for Welcome to Marwen, a 2018 drama directed by Robert Zemeckis.[7][8]


Welcome to Marwencol is an art book by Mark Hogancamp and Chris Shellen published in 2015 by Princeton Architectural Press. It explores the life and work of Hogancamp. It was named one of the best books of 2015 by Amazon.[9]

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  1. ^ Green (2011)
  2. ^ Green, Penelope (2011-04-06). "In a Tiny Universe, Room to Heal". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ Hogancamp, Mark (Fall 2005). "Marwencol on My Mind". Esopus. Archived from the original on 2006-05-11. 
  4. ^ "Marwencol / Village of the Dolls - The Skinny". Retrieved 23 September 2017. 
  5. ^ "Marwencol (Village of the Dolls) on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved 23 September 2017. 
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  7. ^ [1]"Robert Zemeckis to Direct 'Marwencol' for Universal" "The Hollywood Reporter"
  8. ^ [2] "Universal Dates Robert Zemeckis-Helmed Steve Carell Pic for November 2018"
  9. ^ [3]"Amazon's Best Arts & Photography Books of 2015"