Wednesday, August 18, 2010
I first spied these incredibly realistic dioramas of 70's New York on Mishka Bloglin. They are created by artist Peter Feigenbaum.
Excerpts via OPEN Source:
Trainset Ghetto is a by-product of the virtual urban spatial realms that defined my teenage experience in the 1990s-virtual realms found in video games ranging from Sim City to Duke Nuke ‘Em to Grand Theft Auto. The motivation to create Trainset Ghetto was cultivated by experiences in these virtual realms.
Accordingly, the scenes depicted in my photographs and models have never existed in reality, rather they were informed by vague memories (both real and “cinematically” implanted) of experiences in various parts of New York City. Perhaps the most important components of this vernacular include rooftop water tanks, 25-foot-wide five-story walkups, Italianate cornices, ancient brick facades painted Pepto-Bismol pink, roll-up store-front grates, parapet graffiti, and garish plastic storefront awnings. All of these details I have studied and re-created in miniature with great care.
From a stock of nearly fifty buildings created both from scratch and from model railroad structure kits. I can compose an endless array of believable scenes that are brilliantly generic, and almost capable of implanting false memories of my 1970s childhood in the bombed-out Bronx that never happened.
More pics after the jump