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Oasis, Dubai UAE, 2016
Oasis, Dubai UAE, 2016 | Courtesy of Slinkachu
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Amazing Miniature Street Art You've Been Overlooking Every Day

Picture of India Irving
Social Content Producer
Updated: 6 November 2017
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.

Oasis, Dubai UAE, 2016
Oasis, Dubai UAE, 2016 | Courtesy of Slinkachu
Oasis, Dubai UAE, 2016
Oasis, Dubai UAE, 2016 | Courtesy of Slinkachu

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.’

Unnatural Wonder, Museum of Fine Arts Ghent, 2016
Unnatural Wonder, Museum of Fine Arts Ghent, 2016 | Courtesy of Slinkachu
Unnatural Wonder, Museum of Fine Arts Ghent, 2016
Unnatural Wonder, Museum of Fine Arts Ghent, 2016 | Courtesy of Slinkachu

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.

Alpining, Fulham London, 2013
Alpining, Fulham London, 2013 | Courtesy of Slinkachu
Alpining, Fulham London, 2013
Alpining, Fulham London, 2013 | Courtesy of Slinkachu

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.

Shifting Sands, Dubai UAE, 2016
Shifting Sands, Dubai UAE, 2016 | Courtesy of Slinkachu
Shifting Sands, Dubai UAE, 2016
Shifting Sands, Dubai UAE, 2016 | Courtesy of Slinkachu