This is a home-made oasis for those of us who believe in fairies. The painted alleyway boasts tiny hidden doorways and even provides a generous cup of glitter for true believers to disperse showers of shimmering magic among the fish and flowers.
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Fairyland Alley, Dexter and Treadwell Streets, Austin, United States
Current city: Austin
Barry Stone makes pictures in the forms of photographs, drawings, collage, and paintings. Born in Lubbock and raised in Spring, Texas, he currently lives in Austin with his wife and two girls after a brief six-year stint in Brooklyn, New York. His work has recently been shown at Art Palace Gallery, Houston, and is represented by Klaus von Nichtssagend in New York. Barry is the coordinator of the Photography Department in the School of Art and Design at Texas State University-San Marcos.
 

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