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The next time you are out and about looking for street art, skip scanning the walls for murals and take a peek at the ground instead. You could be surprised with an entire miniature scene unfolding at your feet, thanks to this incredible street artist who calls upon us to look down.
British artist, Slinkachu started working with miniatures in 2006 and has been ‘abandoning’ his tiny sculptural works across cities worldwide ever since. Creating intricate everyday scenes from unlikely materials, his art is a world unto its own.
Drain pipes become water slides and melting popsicles represent jetties, matchsticks are street lamps and bottle caps turn to benches – all a playground for the artist’s tiny figurines to live among and interact with our life-size world around them.
Slinkachu’s aim in his work is to surprise city dwellers and to ‘encourage them to be more aware of their surroundings.’ He explains, ‘The scenes I set up, more evident through the photography and the titles I give these scenes, aim to reflect the loneliness and melancholy of living in a big city; the universal sense of being overlooked, lost and overwhelmed.’
In this way, Slinkachu’s tiny humans are representative of us, just trying to get by every single day.
The artist photographs his work before leaving it for the world to see (or not, depending on how observant you are), so there is always proof of the miniature installation left behind on Instagram or in prints sold at various high end galleries around the world.
But the real joy of a Slinkachu comes from finding the real thing before it disappears forever, so keep your eyes open and don’t forget to look down! Hopefully, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by your findings.