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.
The Jetty, 2014
The Stream, 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
Into the Wind, 2012
Why is it so hard to find a job? – Saleswoman, 2013
Landscape Painting, 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
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.