This is a diorama I made for the Rachel Carson Homestead. The writer, scientist, and godmother of the environmental movement grew up just outside of Pittsburgh, and fans and followers make pilgrimages to see the house she grew up in. The first thing they want to see is the bedroom window Rachel looked out from, to get a glimpse of the view that helped shape her ideas about the natural world and man's effect upon it. That view has changed of course; a hillside of suburban houses, and no longer an orchard stretching down to the Allegheny River, but I've tried to imagine what it might have looked like to her.
I've made other window pieces with a similar skylight. A little toplight make these some of the best theaters, with a remarkable illusion of depth.