Ever since watching ‘The Making of Star Wars’ in 2nd grade, Tony Larson has been captivated by fantasy set design. For fun, he creates terrariums that would up the coolness factor of any home or office. From famous landmarks like Stonehenge and Easter Island, to scenes from Star Wars and Jurassic Park, each miniature landscape is so meticulously decorated that you will wish you could swap places with the plastic figurines inside. Growing up in International Falls, MN, also known as the “icebox of the nation,” Larson turned to photography and crafting to keep warm and busy throughout the long winters. Aside from creating dioramas that put most peoples’ finest school projects to shame, Larson loves DJ’ing, Film Editing, Cinematography, Special FX, and Audio Production. [Read more...]
Realistic Street Scenes Created Using Model Cars, Forced-Perspective and a $250 Point & Shoot Camera
Some guys never grow up. For example, I can’t walk by a Hot Wheels toy car display without coveting those tiny 4-wheeled machines – something about my youthful car lust comes back to me. Michael Paul Smith is doing something about it though. This model maker, collector and photographer has been creating inspired forced perspective shots using his small-scale vintage cars, making them look as real as a movie set – or reality for those who remember. [Read more...]
As we become more reliant on technology, it’s hard to imagine our worlds without it. If we were asked to describe a typical kitchen, most of us would include the appliances like a microwave and refrigerator in our descriptions; for a living room, there would likely be a television, etc. While theoretically technology should make our lives easier and free up more time for us to do what we enjoy, many of us are spending that time glued to screens- whether it be the television, computer, or our trusty smart phones. Illustrator Kevin LCK invites people to think about their relationships with technology in this clever black and white illustration/sculpture series called Ordinary Behavior. Using cardboard and a black sharpie, he illustrates and sculpts electronics, like a camera, television, iPhone, microwave, and computer and then places miniature illustrations of typical household furniture inside to create dollhouse-like rooms. [Read more...]
Have you ever wondered what will happen to all the cathode ray tube televisions now that most people have switched to flatscreens? Chinese artist Zhang Xiangxi has re-purposed a few of them into a diorama like record of some of the rooms from his life- his old workspace in Guangzhou, the workers’ dormitory he once lived in, his parent’s sitting room, and the interior of a train carriage. He even created his “dream home.” He hollows out the old televisions, then intricately sculpts miniature furniture, wall art, and yes-even televisions! He doesn’t try to make perfect little dollhouse worlds, he includes all of the clutter that a real room would have.
For people who haven’t visited, the Queens Museum of Art houses one of the most fantastic treasures of New York City… at least for the map obsessed. Their “crowning jewel” is the Panorama of the City of New York, a massive (no, behemoth!) model of the city built for the 1964 World’s Fair that covers a staggering 9,335 square feet (867 sq meters). The model includes every single building constructed before 1992 in all five boroughs, encompassing 895,000 individual structures. Now this historic map is being used to highlight the cities landmark historic districts and encourage preservation in a city known for its vibrant history. [Read more...]
You may have made dioramas in your younger school years, cutting pieces of paper to into layered shapes or building small models, later to be viewed through the end of an old shoebox; but these examples from artist Patrick Jacobs are a vision of that learning carried to adulthood. His fascinatingly realistic creations feature scenes of grassy mushroom covered fields and tiny apartments looking out on equally verdant landscapes. To see one is to truly look into another small world. [Read more...]
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