Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Slinkachu - Little People in the City art project

I am becoming quite the social media addict (husband rolls eyes and children grin).  One of the best parts of this addiction is the opportunity to discover cool people that I would probably never have uncovered on my own.  
I recently discovered a new Twitter and blog friend called Freckles & Ash and from her blog I was turned on to Slinkachu.  I am completely smitten with his work and had to share.  
He is a UK artist who describes himself as 5'9" and handsome although there is no photo so I"m suspicious!!  His Little People art project involves the remodelling and painting of miniature model train set characters, which are then placed throughout the city of London.  There are scenes of shopping, sightseeing, romance and death.  The scenes are set as a sort of an experiment in social awareness.  Slinkachu speaks to pace of our everyday lives and encourages people to slow down and be more aware as they stroll through life.  The scenes are photographed and become the basis for his art shows and a book.  I am dying to get a copy of this book but it appears to only be available in UK and USA so if anyone sees a Canadian distributor, please let me know.

This one is referred to Chicken Tikka Disasta
I have decided that when I go I want it be just like this.  In a big bowl of Butter Chicken!!

This series shows the scale of these tiny installations.  The artist is trying to encourage city-dwellers to be more aware of their surroundings.  What a charming surprise it would be to find one of these on a dreary walk home from work some day.


They're Not Pets, Susan

So, have I done it?  Have I convinced you that this is worth checking out?  I realize that the reason I love these so much is that they remind me of The Land of the Giants.  Who remembers that?  Come on people, I'm not the only one who watched tv in the 70's.  

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