Images via Little People
Keep your eyes peeled if you happen to be wandering the streets of London. You might come across some little people. Some really little people. Doing things like hunting bumble bees, skateboarding inside orange peels, and riding on the backs of garden snails. So what are all these tiny people doing littered around the city, so small you could step on them without noticing? They're helping raise city dwellers' awareness of all things great and small, in a sense.
The little people are created by Slinkachu, and no, he's not a Pokemon. He's a London-based artist—he designs and sculpts, in intricate detail, tiny people in various tableaus. He then leaves the (very) small scenes in different places around the city, to be overlooked by many and discovered by the discerning. It's the best kind of guerilla art: intriguing, surprising, and often satirical. So Slinkachu is sort of like an adorable Banksy.
Slinkachu writes on his website:
"My 'Little People Project' started in 2006. It involves the remodeling and painting of miniature model train set characters, which I then place and leave on the street. It is both a street art installation project and a photography project. The street-based side of my work plays with the notion of surprise and I aim to encourage city-dwellers to be more aware of their surroundings. 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, almost being lost and overwhelmed. But underneath this, there is always some humour. I want people to be able to emphasise with the tiny people in my works."
It's a fine message that paints his themes, and a very TreeHugger one at that: we need to pay close attention to our environments, and we may be but tiny people in a sprawling world but we can always do our best to recognize the beauty in it all. And spaceships made out of McDonald's takeout boxes are cool.
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