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Tragic Miniatures in the Wake of Destruction

Monday 04.23.2012 , Posted by
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When tragedy strikes our mundane everyday existence, life can seem like it has turned upside down. Whether it be a tornado, earthquake or flood that has struck, it can seem as if the hand of god has swiftly crushed all that we have known and in ways that almost seem surreal, changed our existence and understanding of the world forever. Thomas Doyle’s miniatures give us just that feeling, taking tiny homes and trowing them into a perilous existence which often seems too wild to be true.

His models, built in tiny 1:43 scale and smaller, place destroyed family homes inside class domes, evoking feelings of omnipotence in viewers through their small stature. We are drawn in to the scene of mayhem, to explore the destruction and witness the reactions of his tiny figures as they explore the utter confusion of the landscape.

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Many of Doyle’s scenes have a completely impossible construction: buildings hang from towers of eroded soil, massive sink holes threaten to swallow homes and in some cases homes literally lift into the air. While in most instances this would seem highly odd, in the case of these expressions of massive personal tragedy, it gives one the feelings of utter confusion, disillusion and unreality associated with the shock felt in their aftermath. Time in this reality is frozen, like the slowing of our perceptions as we experience things completely unexpected. Enjoy the selection here, then head to Thomas Doyle’s website for many more of his astounding miniatures.

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Benjamin Starr

Written by Benjamin Starr



Known in some circles as the most amazing man in the universe, he once saved an entire family of muskrats from a sinking, fire engulfed steamboat while recovering from two broken arms relating to a botched no-chute wingsuit landing in North Korea. When not impressing people with his humbling humility, he can be found freelance writing, finding shiny objects on the internet, enjoying the company of much-appreciated friends and living out his nomadic nature. He is Managing Editor of Visual News. Follow his movements on Twitter:

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  1. I always like visual news on different subjects with comments and photoes, thanks for that.

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