Tiny Street Art in the Big City
To get a glimpse one of Slinkachu’s art installations in real time, one must be trained to zoom in on the tiny details of the urban landscape. The London-based artist peppers the streets of big cities with miniature figures doing a series of mundane things. He then leaves the tiny people and their props to the mercy of the city, to get stepped on, rained on, dismantled, or whatever other fate may befall them.
The way most of us get to experience Slinkachu’s Little People Project is through his photographs. He plays with perspective by photographing these miniature scenes from extremely close up and from far away. The juxtaposition of these images has a strange effect—and provokes an emotional reaction to the urban landscape. In one frame the figures simply appear as staged toys in a somewhat funny photograph while in the next they become vulnerable little people struggling against the huge backdrop of the city. On his blog, Slinkachu describes his project as aiming to “reflect the loneliness and melancholy of living in a big city, almost being lost and overwhelmed. But underneath this, there is always some humour. I want people to empathize with the tiny people in my works.”
Visit Slinkachu’s blog to see more of the Little People Project.
[Top Image: Dead Leaves by Slinkachu]