Quirky art installations that inspire adults and kids alike are some of our favorite news items here at Inhabitots. Remember that gigantic pink hand-knit bunny awaiting visitors in the Italian Alps? And the wonderful “Small World” photography of Matthew Carden? ‘Little People,’ A Tiny Street Art Project by the artist Slinkachu that began in 2006, has also captured our attention and tickled our collective funny bone by showcasing “tiny little people left in the city to defend themselves.” The artist establishes humorous, poignant and thought-provoking shots, using miniature model train set characters poised against backdrops which incorporate street litter, historical landmarks and even insects and vermin. Slinkachu’s work has sprouted up in the UK, Italy, Greece and Norway, but these minuscule masterpieces most likely don’t even register on the radar of passerby.
To gain perspective on just how tiny these installations are, check out a close-up of a figurine trying to fly a kite fashioned from a bubblegum wrapper, and then see a broader shot wherein the work is almost undetectable.
In the artist’s words: “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 humor. I want people to be able to empathize with the tiny people in my works.”
Slinkachu’s art is a charming reminder that one should soak up even the most subtle elements of their surroundings, and that small joys and treasures are always waiting to be unearthed.