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New York City Really Has It All

August 11, 2010

Jeremiah has a post up that has an interview with “urban miniaturist” Alan Wolfson.

What this guy apparently does is create miniatures of New York scenes. Hell, here’s what he says he does:

Alan Wolfson creates handmade miniature sculptures of urban environments. Complete with complex interior views and lighting effects, a major work can take several months to complete.

The pieces are usually not exact representations of existing locations, but rather a combination of details from many different locations along with much of the detail from the artist’s imagination.

Jeremiah focuses on the “Peepworld” sculpture in particular (Wolfson calls them sculptures, but they kind of seem like dioramas to me, but maybe that’s too evocative of grade school), and it really is cool, and fascinating. It combines the Subway Inn with what looks to me like a representation of Show World in Times Square.

You’ve got to read Wolfson’s description. The whole project is really crazy and fascinating, and the interiors are insane.  I mean this thing is 17 1/2 x 22 1/4 x 26 inches, and here’s one of the interior shots, with marital aids and porn and everything (is that “Fig Leaf” magazine on the top shelf?):

I don’t really understand at all how (and, I guess, why) he does it.  It took 18 months to do, and here’s just a taste of his explanation:

The inspiration for the design came, in part, from a model I had seen of the Paris Opera House at the Musee d’Orsay several years ago. It was a huge model that was ‘cut’ open to reveal all the interiors of the building. You were able to see the various rooms, stage areas, and chambers. I decided to do something similar, but did not want it to look like an architectural model with cross-sectional views. I came up with a street scene with views into the bar (‘Subway Inn’), and down the subway entrance. You can also see into a slightly open window at the fire escape, which looks into a dressing room. The main interior view is into PEEPWORLD, a fictional ‘porno palace,’ similar to those which existed before Mayor Giuliani cleaned up the neighborhood, and before Times Square was developed into the family-friendly theme park environment it is today.

I love this stuff.

And thinking about old gritty New York — even in miniature — leads me inexorably to The Ramones.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. August 11, 2010 12:47 am

    Thank you for intro to Wolfson.

    • Fat Al permalink*
      August 11, 2010 8:01 am

      Cheers. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. August 11, 2010 12:21 pm

    This guy’s work is pure genius! And of course the Ramones rule!

  3. jco permalink
    August 11, 2010 2:21 pm

    Um, “marital aids”?

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