Artist Creates Miniature Worlds Mimicking the Grit and Grime of Urban Architecture


Australian artist Joshua Smith is a former stencil artist and gallerist turned miniaturist. For the past two years, Smith has focused his attention on creating miniature urban architecture landscapes replete with detail.

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From graffitied walls to discarded cigarette butts, he uses everyday materials to bring his scale models to life.

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“My work captures the often overlooked aspects of urban life from discarded cigarettes to trash to grime and rust on buildings,” Smith writes via email. “The works I create are of buildings long forgotten and soon to be demolished. I capture their current state of a once thriving but long forgotten space.”

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Working in a scale of 1:20, Smith primarily uses MDF, cardboard, and plastic for the framing and base.

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Layers of paint and chalk pastels give the architecture its realistic feel prior to wiring and lighting.

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The artist’s newest work, created for the VOLTA Art Fair in New York, is a four-storey replica of a building in Kowloon.

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