Shrinking Cities: 3 Urban Artworks that Miniaturize Reality


Part architect, part artist and part provocateur, it is hard to know what to expect next from dutch designer Leonard Van Munster. These works art arguably art installations, but not in the conventional or predictable sense.

Take this tiny trailer ‘home’ for example – it starts out simple enough, with a foam-insulation-lined space that doubles in size when parked and pulled out. But on the interior, there is more than meets the eye – a faux living room where green reigns supreme. Definitely form over function.

Or how about this police-puzzling sculpture. The inspiration was actually tied to a weird work of art found in the digital world of Second Life, in which a bunch of objects were thrown together with uncanny ease (in a way only possible in pixel-space). In the real world, the effect is … well, unnerving, as if reality were collapsing in around this collection of everyday odds and ends, compressing appliances, sheds, desks, chairs, fans, lamps and more into a tiny ball.

And then we have this city on the water. No, you aren’t misreading the photographs – everything is indeed miniaturized. The result is something between a tiny-sized town, or a giant-sized architectural model, and doubles as a working water feature complete with a fountain (which trickles down the rocks visible in the background) and a pool of water surrounding the scene. Strange does not begin to cover it.

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