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Installation artist and photographer Slinkachu creates humorous pieces on the human condition. His works aren”t simply confined to a canvas or a wall, but unfold right in front of us — if you squint.

Using tiny model humans from train sets, Slinkachu, who hails from the U.K., creates tiny tableaux in public spaces. The tiny figures work, play, contemplate, and sometimes just exist on and around walls, fences, trees, and even trash.

Take a look at these scenes. Can you spot the Slinkachu piece lurking in each one? The close-ups are below each scene.

Take a look at these scenes. Can you spot the Slinkachu piece lurking in each one? The close-ups are below each scene.

The Glade, 2014

The pieces are assembled and then left in public spaces. In his own words, Slinkachu says he”s been “abandoning little people on the streets since 2006.”

The Jetty, 2014

<i>The Jetty</i>, 2014

The Stream, 2014

<i>The Stream</i>, 2014

Slinkachu”s work manages to be both spontaneous and deliberate. Happening upon it is a charming surprise, but the figures are so dwarfed by their surroundings that they”re easy to miss. Slinkachu says that his inspiration is derived from the overwhelming feeling that comes with living in a crowded urban center. The pieces are also influenced by how people can feel small, lost, and anonymous in these places. Yet there”s also a sense of humor in them that makes it easy for the viewers to empathize with the characters.

Tug of War, 2014, in front of the Bank of London

<em>Tug of War</em>, 2014, in front of the Bank of London

Some of his pieces have a social statement behind them, like this one. Many of them are simply inspired by people going about their daily business.

Into the Wind, 2012

<i>Into the Wind</i>, 2012

Depending on what he”s going for, Slinkachu sometimes repaints the human figures, changes their limb positions, or adds new features with clay.

Foraging, 2014

<i>Foraging</i>, 2014

Why is it so hard to find a job? – Saleswoman, 2013

<i>Why is it so hard to find a job? - Saleswoman</i>, 2013

Bonus shot of a huge thumb.

Landscape Painting, 2014

<i>Landscape Painting</i>, 2014

Because they”re left in public places, Slinkachu”s pieces aren”t intended to be permanent installations, and he”s fine with that. In fact, he says he rarely checks on his installations even if he is in the area. After a few months, the installations will typically begin to degrade.

Why is it so hard to find a job? – Guard, 2013

<i>Why is it so hard to find a job? - Guard</i>, 2013

Alpining, 2013

<i>Alpining,</i> 2013

This skier was surprised to find that he acquired a stowaway.

(via Distractify)

The next time you find yourself in a large city, be on the lookout for these works; you never know where a new Slinkachu installation might pop up. Even if you don”t find one of his, it”s worth it to keep your eyes open anyway — there”s always something cool you might have otherwise missed.

Slinkachu”s work can be found, at least for a time, all over the world in all kinds of unexpected places. You can see much more on Slinkachu”s blog, as well as on the Andipa Gallery”s site, where photos and installations will be exhibited. You can also purchase a book of photos from the site.

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