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Couple Turns Home Into Faux Prison

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A West Hills couple has literally translated that elusive feeling of being trapped into your own home by turning their house into a prison.

KTLA reports that Lou and Linda DeMarco's home renovations, such as they are, are being billed as a commentary on the current housing crisis. But since the couple is also trying to sell a movie about a couple that turns their home into a prison to make ends meet, it's also part of a PR stunt.

The house has a chain-link fence with barbed wire up around it, a gym for "prisoners" and a sign claiming that the fence is electrified (it isn't).

Neighbors are for the most part supportive of the art/stunt/statement, and some even helped the DeMarcos erect their faux-security fence, according to the Daily News.

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"It's a serious thing because so many people are losing their homes to foreclosure and the banks are really, really tough," he said. "We thought that this might be an alternative way for people to start a home-based business."

"We also think it's performance art and a living sculpture," DeMarco added.