Baba Yaga Houses
Public Art : Baba Yaga Houses
Also Known As : Chicken Legged Houses
Sculptor: © Marwa Fahmy
Description: The group consists of three fabricated
brightly painted aluminium houses mounted on metal chicken legs. The three sculptures range from 2.4 metres
to 3.2 metres high. They were inspired by a character in Eastern European folk lore, Baba Yaga, who
lived in a hut that stood on chicken legs.
Date Unveiled: 2011
Commissioned by : The Museum Street Park was
commissioned by the East Perth Redevelopment Authority ( Now MRA).
Acknowledgements: Thank you to Paola Anselmi, the
City of Perth Arts & Cultural Development Coordinator, for kindly providing information about the Baba
Location: The Baba Yaga Houses are located outside
Central TAFE in Museum Street Park , 25
Aberdeen Street , Perth , Western Australia.
Things you may not know about Baba Yaga :
Baba Yaga ( Baba Roga) is a witch or hag that features in Slavic folklore.
In the folk tales Baba Yaga lives in a little hut that stands on dancing chicken legs, She is
often depicted as a witch who flies around snatching little kids and eating them.
In the Russian tale Baba Yaga's keyhole on her front door is a mouth full of sharp teeth and
the fence made of human bones with skulls on top.
Sometimes she is portrayed as the antagonist and sometimes as a source of guidance, offering wisdom
to the hero.
In the Polish folk tale Baba Yaga's hut has only one chicken leg.
Background to the Baba Yaga Houses Sculptures:
The sculptures were designed by 23 year old Visual Art graduate Marwa Fahmy, who was the winner of
the Museum Street Precinct Park Public Art Project, a collaboration between the Metropolitan Redevelopment
Authority (MRA) and Central Tafe to revitalise the precinct.
Central Managing Director Neil Fernandes said of the group “I love how the design draws from fairy
tales, an education form that stretches across the globe and how Marwa's work both reflects and celebrates our
diverse culture here at Central,”