Honey, He Shrunk NYC! Artist Builds Mind-Boggling Mini Dioramas Of The City





We almost wish we were Liliputian in size just to have the chance to romp through artist Alan Wolfson's incredible miniature sculptures of the city. We bet Gulliver's teeny friends would have a blast wandering around the dioramas, which depict the cityscape with fascinating detail. They can grab a hotdog at Nathan's (yep, the same one you can find in Coney Island, complete with garbage on the sidewalk), take the subway, or even work on a novel at a dingy Times Square hotel room, equipped with a battered Olivetti and a fittingly dismal atmosphere. There's even a place to rent triple X-rated films! It takes Wolfson anywhere from three to nine months to finish a piece, using wood, cardboard, paper, metal, and plastic to fashion the intricate interiors. The absence of people is deliberate on Wolfson's part; he prefers to tell the story using material footprints that a person leaves behind, such as cigarette butts, half-eaten pizza, and crumpled-up pieces of paper. And while the dioramas are not exact replications of the spots they represent, they are a unique way of seeing New York as it was in years past. It's probably the closest thing you'll get to seeing a live sex performer's dressing room. (Gothamist)