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Hide the kitchen knives, a Bates Motel replica has popped up outside the Royal Academy

Lisa Wright

Art can be unsettling. It can make you recoil in disgust or feel a little bit vommy. Rarely, however, does a piece of art acutely bring to mind the prospect of being stabbed repeatedly with a kitchen knife.

Here to fill a gap that we honestly did not know we needed filling is PsychoBarn - a new, 30-ft replica of Bates Motel that’s currently sitting pretty (well, ish) in the Royal Academy of Art's Annenberg Courtyard.

It’s not an actual house, FYI, merely the front facade with a scaffolding back. And it’s purpose, says the RA, is to highlight the "polarities of good and evil”.

It'll be there until March 2019, and it’s free to view. Because hey - you might end up having blood-strewn nightmares, but at least you won’t have to pay for the pleasure. 

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