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Miniature art goes big in Paris

By Jose Manzaneque

Paris, Dec 23 (EFE).- Some 20 world-renowned artists are having their most emblematic works put on display in the first large-scale European miniature art exhibition in Paris.

This type of art has spread thanks to social media, on which artists from all over the globe post photos of their artwork under the common hashtag of #MiniatureArt.

The Small is Beautiful exhibition, running until January 13 next year, features a total of 126 works of art with all kinds of themes and formats at the Galerie Joseph in the French capital.

There are artists who manage to make sculptures on the tip of a pencil. Bosnian artist Jasenko Dordevic meticulously carved the figure of a mother holding her daughter and even the Eiffel Tower on pencil lead.

With more than 180,000 followers on Instagram, London-based photographer Slinkachu showcases his “Miniature Street Art” in which he uses everyday objects to recreate miniature real-life situations.

He created an installation of a serpent attacking a little girl and her mother from a green shoelace in a puddle, among other miniature scenes, which he usually leaves behind to pedestrians after taking photographs.

French photographer Samsofy personifies classic Lego figures and represents them in miniature, using materials and products of everyday life.

Works of German artist Frank Kunert also attract the attention of visitors, thanks to his mind-stretching scenes and real-life themes such as death and love.

French artist Nicolas Pierre takes advantage of the exhibition’s host city while he makes small-scale buildings such as the famed department store Tati in Paris.

Paintings also have their leading role at the exhibit thanks to the South African artist Lorraine Loots, who makes miniature drawings that can only be appreciated in all their details through a magnifying glass.

Visitors, at the end of the tour, can view how all the works were created through various videos made by the artists themselves.

In addition, the venue has organized several creative miniature art workshops for children with the aim to motivate potential new artists in this field. EFE

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