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Urban Miniature Cities So Detailed You’ll Need A Magnifying Glass
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Architecture, Art5 years ago

Urban Miniature Cities So Detailed You’ll Need A Magnifying Glass

You have to look incredibly close to see it, but Joshua Smith packs an immense amount of detail into his miniature worlds. The Australian artist has a flair for the microscopic, and his latest project captures the familiar grit of urban life in a fascinatingly small-scale model.

The centerpiece of his recent work, Temple Street, is modeled after a real apartment block in Kowloon City, Hong Kong. Using finely carved cardboard, medium-density fibreboard and paint, he manages to emulate every minute aspect of a rough, big city landscape. Rust, graffiti, tiny advertisements, and other touches are perfectly placed and look realistic.

“I want viewers to be fooled, if I take a photo of the completed work in sunlight, to think it is the real thing,” Smith told ArchDaily. He has also produced models of more modest buildings, garbage dumpsters, and shops that fall under a running theme of urban darkness, which we previously wrote about here.

More info: Joshua Smith, Facebook

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Daria B
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Makes me wanna play with Polly Pocket once again. ♥

Susann Campbell
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Play with your Polly Pocket and find new things for her to own . Make a house for her out of a shoe box or any other object you think will make a lovely home or zany home for her. Did you know that acorn caps make lovely wooden bowls?

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Dinah J
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

right down to little leaves and empty cigarette packs...these are pretty fantastic. something magical about miniatures...i would definitely love to hear more about the process :)

Samantha Manley
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was just scrolling through the pictures without reading the article, as a miniature painter I let out a squeal of delight at each photo and as a South Australian now living in the US I let out an extra squeal of delight when I saw the tiny Farmers Union Iced coffee container. Now I'm homesick & jealous of his skill.

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Daria B
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Makes me wanna play with Polly Pocket once again. ♥

Susann Campbell
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Play with your Polly Pocket and find new things for her to own . Make a house for her out of a shoe box or any other object you think will make a lovely home or zany home for her. Did you know that acorn caps make lovely wooden bowls?

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Dinah J
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

right down to little leaves and empty cigarette packs...these are pretty fantastic. something magical about miniatures...i would definitely love to hear more about the process :)

Samantha Manley
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was just scrolling through the pictures without reading the article, as a miniature painter I let out a squeal of delight at each photo and as a South Australian now living in the US I let out an extra squeal of delight when I saw the tiny Farmers Union Iced coffee container. Now I'm homesick & jealous of his skill.

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