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8 Marvelous Miniatures

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If you've ever owned a dollhouse, you know how fascinating tiny little recreations can be. However, the world is more than a family home! There are artists and craftspeople all over who take a slice of a different kind of life and recreate it in miniature.

1. Folsom Prison Cell

Justin Jorgensen bought this miniature recreation of a prison cell built by George Bubier, the inmate who lives there. It was made with popsicle sticks, felt, glue, and various collected materials. Inmates sell artworks through the site Prisonart.org.

2. House of Prostitution

Toronto artist Leanne Eisen creates miniature scenes you don't see in toy stores. The project called Play recreates the interior of a brothel. Pictured is the bar area, complete with stripper pole. Along the same lines, Grace Shaw received a gift of a miniature row house and made it into a seedy city block, complete with a brothel, crack house, bar, and adult book store.

3. TV Studios

Charles Brogdon (Flickr user On The Set) has created some of the most popular classic sitcoms and game show sets in miniature scale model form. The fun is going through the pictures to see if you can identify the shows without looking at the name!

4. World War II

Mark Hogancamp is the master behind an elaborate fantasy we can follow in pictures and video. After he was badly injured, he created the world he calls Marwencol in his backyard as therapy, both physical and psychological. His pictures tell a story, which, along with Mark's story, has been made into a documentary film and a book.

5. View-Master Scenes

Anyone who grew up during the heyday of the View-Master probably wondered how they made those 3D scenes. Florence Thomas was one of the artists responsible for the stereoscopic images. She would sculpt Disney characters from clay and set them in dioramas, then take photographs from two angles to get the stereo effect.

6. San Francisco

The 2nd Annual Golden Gate Express Garden Railway was recently featured at San Francisco's Conservatory of Flowers. The garden featured miniature versions of the city's most recognizable landmarks, buildings, and of course, a train! Plus, they are all made of recycled materials. The exhibition has closed, but the photographs give us a virtual tour. Image by Todd Lappin.

7. Miniature Apple Store

Can you believe an exact replica of an Apple store, made in a shoebox? It's from the folks who brought you the miniature personal movie theater. They used iPhones for the display screen at the Genius Bar and for the glowing Apple logo.

8. Godzilla

Just for fun, here's a Japanese photographer's home. As he is setting up a shot, along comes Godzilla! See the story told in pictures in this post.

See also: miniatures from the world of fiction and fantasy in the post Dungeons and Dollhouses.

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The World’s First 3D-Printed Opera Set Is Coming to Rome
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In October, the Opera Theater in Rome will become the first theater to play host to a 3D-printed set in one of its operas. The theater’s performance of the 19th-century opera Fra Diavolo by French composer Daniel Auber, opening on October 8, will feature set pieces printed by the Italian 3D-printing company WASP, as TREND HUNTER reports.

Set designers have been using 3D printers to make small-scale set models for years, but WASP says this seems to be the first full 3D-printed set. (The company is also building a 3D-printed town elsewhere in Italy, to give you a sense of its ambitions for its technology.)

Designers stand around a white 3D-printed model of a theater set featuring warped buildings.
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The Fra Diavolo set consists of what looks like two warped historic buildings, which WASP likens to a Dalí painting. These buildings are made of 223 smaller pieces. It took five printers working full-time for three months to complete the job. The pieces were sent to Rome in mid-July in preparation for the opera.

Recently, 3D printing is taking over everything from housing construction to breakfast. If you can make an office building with a printer, why not a theater set? (Though it should be noted that the labor unions that represent scenic artists might disagree.)

[h/t TREND HUNTER]

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Japanese Artist Yayoi Kusama to Launch Her Own Museum in Tokyo

Still haven’t scored tickets to see Yayoi Kusama’s world-famous “Infinity Mirrors” exhibition? The touring retrospective ends at the Cleveland Museum of Art in October 2018, but art fans who are planning a trip to Japan can also enjoy Kusama's dizzying, colorful aesthetic by visiting a brand-new museum in Tokyo.

As The New York Times reports, Kusama has announced that she's opening her own art museum in the city’s Shinjuku neighborhood. Slated to open on October 1, 2017, it’s dedicated to the artist’s life and work, and includes a reading room, a floor with installation works—including her “infinity rooms”—and two annual rotating exhibitions. The inaugural exhibition, “Creation Is a Solitary Pursuit, Love Is What Brings You Closer to Art,” will display works from Kusama’s painting series "My Eternal Soul.”

Kusama is famously enigmatic, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that news broke just recently that she was planning to launch a museum. The five-floor building was completed in 2014, according to artnet News, but Kusama wanted to keep plans under wraps “as a surprise for her fans,” a gallery spokesperson said.

Museum tickets cost around $9, and will go on sale on August 28, 2017. The museum will be closed Monday through Wednesday and visits are limited to 90 minutes, so plan your schedule accordingly.

[h/t The New York Times]

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