The next time you‚Äôre taking a stroll around the city, be sure to step carefully as you may step on someone! Or a whole crowd of someones going about their daily lives – just on a much smaller scale.
You may find tiny worlds sprouting up in sidewalk cracks and sewer grates, in yesterday‚Äôs trash and puddles. It‚Äôs a small world after all, as the song goes, and for London-based street artist Slinkachu, this is both literal and figurative.
Slinkachu is a small-scale installation artist, he sets up miniatures on the streets, then he photographs them and later ‚Äúabandons‚ÄĚ to the world at large (pun intended).
He‚Äôs been leaving his little people on the streets for quite a long time – since 2006, when he started installing his aptly titled¬†‚ÄúLittle People Project‚ÄĚ all over the UK capital.
‚ÄúAt first the main draw in working very small is that it was quicker and cheaper to be able to produce and leave something on the street,‚ÄĚ the artist explained in his interview with MutualArt.com. ‚ÄúAs I explored the idea I became a lot more fascinated with the connotations that the scale could imply.‚ÄĚ
The two-part process of the project – from the installation to the photography – perfectly embodies the thrills (and dangers) of life in a modern metropolis.
‚ÄúThere are different levels to the work and different messages, for me at least. The initial street work hopefully inspires people to think about the overlooked and unseen world around them,‚ÄĚ Slinkachu explains, ‚Äú[while] the photography can hopefully tell more of a story and make people think about their place in the world, particularly in a large city.‚ÄĚ
However, Slinkachu‚Äôs little people continue making a great impact on the streets of cities around the globe, including London, Amsterdam and Athens.
‚ÄúThe ‘Little People Project’ sprung pretty much fully-formed into my head, it didn’t really involve any research,‚ÄĚ the artist said. Although he was always interested in art, he says miniatures – while fun to look at – are often too ‚Äú‚Äėcutesy‚Äô‚ÄĚ for his taste, and he was attracted to this ‚Äėmini-media‚Äô for other reasons.
‚ÄúInitially I loved the idea, as it was almost an antidote to the large graffiti and stencil work that you see in the city. I am interested more in the possibilities that working on a small scale on the street can create,‚ÄĚ he explained. So far the public response has been equally enthusiastic: people of all ages are captivated by the small worlds the artist creates from his abundant imagination.
‚ÄúI get a lot of different responses depending on how the work is seen and who is viewing it. People who have found the figures on the street – and realize who placed them there – are always excited about the find.‚ÄĚ The biggest difference, Slinkachu says, is based on age.
‚ÄúThe images of the installations get mixed reactions from different age groups, which is fun to see. Children often read the images literally and love the idea of a miniature secret world. Adults take a lot more pathos from the images.‚ÄĚ [via Mutual Art, Huffpost and Little People]