This miniature Italian Gothic cathedral by Pratt alum Ryan McAmis gets every teeny tiny detail right

Architecture, East
Thursday, July 16, 2015
(Courtesy Ryan McAmis)

(Courtesy Ryan McAmis)

The devil is in the microscopic details in this miniature model of an Italian gothic cathedral by illustrator and graphic designer Ryan McAmis. The Pratt Institute alum has built the Renaissance interior and exterior from scratch with arresting realism, right down to the furnishings, wall tombs, and iconic paintings.

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It could happen to you: Scultpor Thomas Doyle contemplates domestic life through miniature scenes of destruction

Art, International
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
(Courtesy Thomas Doyle)

(Courtesy Thomas Doyle)

Sculptor Thomas Doyle offers a profound, if morose, take on domestic life and interpersonal relationships by repurposing playthings into artwork that speaks. Using materials and miniatures originally used for the backdrop of model train sets, Doyle creates miniature dioramas enclosed eerily in airless bell jars.

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Polish Design Studio Crafts Miniature Paper Tributes to Warsaw’s Modernist Architecture

Architecture, Art, International
Friday, April 25, 2014


The semi-dilapidated Eastern-bloc buildings of Warsaw may seem like unlikely candidates to be immortalized in paper miniature. Nonetheless that was the task undertaken by Hispano-Polish design studio ZUPAGRAFIKA, which has devised a series of intricate paper models that can be cut and folded into small-scale models of a number of the Modernist structures dispersed through the city.

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Photo of the Day> A Miniature City Made of Flowers

Tuesday, November 20, 2012
A parade float of a cityscape made of flowers. (Courtesy Zendert Flower Foundation)

A parade float of a cityscape made of flowers. (Courtesy Zendert Flower Foundation)

The Dutch are known to love their flowers. They’re even building an entire city dedicated to them for a horticultural expo in 2022. On a smaller scale, the Bloemencorso flower parade covers imaginative and incredibly detailed floats in thousands of colorful blooms, and this year it featured a miniature flower city of its own.

Pictorial> Models Capture the Surreal and Absurd

Thursday, November 10, 2011
Tennis half-pipe. (Courtesy Frank Kunert)

Tennis half-pipe. (Courtesy Frank Kunert)

German photographer Frank Kunert is out to challenge your sense of perception and expectation with his meticulously crafted and hilariously absurd miniature scenes. His series “Photographs of Small Worlds” presents glimpses into mundane vignettes gone awry, where doors don’t meet balconies, diving boards lead to giant toilets, or an office is eerily underwater. Each model takes weeks—and sometimes months—to build, and Kunert is a perfectionist who won’t stop until every detail is just right. The end result is well worth the wait.

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Highlight> Otherworldly at the MAD

Dean's List, East
Thursday, June 2, 2011
(Courtesy MAD)

(Courtesy MAD)

Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities
Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle
Opening June 7

Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities showcases the construction of small hand-built artificial environments and alternative realities as sculpture and for film. It explores the increasing interest in creating things by hand, as digital technology becomes a bigger part of our lives. The exhibit, which features models, snow globes, photographs, and video, seeks to reflect a meaningful engagement with materials and attention to detail. Works include the Chadwicks’ diorama of a microbrewery and Alan Wolfson’s recreation of a tri-level cross-section of Canal Street, above.

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Deck the Tiny Walls

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

English drawing room from the Victorian period, 1840-1870. (All photos courtesy Art Institute of Chicago).

Many museums have of period rooms in their holdings, but the Art Institute of Chicago also has an impressive collection of 68 miniature period spaces. Rather than treat these dollhouse-sized objects as sacred or static, the museum has decorated six of them for the holidays with historically and culturally appropriate trimmings. The English Victorian drawing room is the only one that includes a Christmas tree. Take a look at some of the rooms and details from Tudor to Modern spaces.
Seriously cute stuff inside.

Blade Runner Barbie

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Whether you are buying gifts this weekend or merely window-shopping, New Yorkers willing to brave the crowds on upper Madison Avenue can also see cutting edge architecture, albeit in miniature form. Read More

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