Last strange word in the title of this article is a pseudonym of young British mechanic, wondering in London streets and looking beneath his feet for a place to create miniature world invisible for a simple passer-by. Dropped candy wrappers, cigarette stump fields, gutter waterfalls. All of this transfers as if from a childhood to a day-to-day life of bank workers forever in haste, supermarket assistants or busy students.
These miniature scenes appear in most unexpected alleys of London streets. As always first games of the artist started in a circle of good friends. This way Slinkachu was noticed by a few media representatives, not to speak of internet audience. You probably have seen at least one of the author’s works in respective blogs and sites.
Miniature characters usually are obtained in specialized shops, which sell train models and their accessories or models for architectural layouts. If needed they are modified to specifications of Slinkachu. I am astonished by contrast of relationship between macro shot and real view.
While viewing these photographs I suddenly started feeling like a six-year-old again. With my head against asphalt of the yard, with one eye opened, observing my toy soldiers epic battle or some heroes odyssey through stone desert between frightening vegetation which, in reality, is just a roadside weed.
As the author himself admits, by doing these seemingly innocent and harmless works he had attracted some suspicion from law and order. For example, one time Slinkachu had to explain to a concerned police officer that he isn’t just glue sniffing junkie and that he was only finishing gluing one of his miniatures in which there was no promotion of using any substances. I can imagine confusion of policemen, hearing that strange story from a strange guy. And this is not the only incident like this. Great Britain is famous as one of most paranoid countries, not without a cause, however.
Slinkachu usually doesn’t come back to his crime scenes, but people say that they stay untouched, or maybe even unnoticed for as long as a couple of months. And this, more than ever, shows how rarely we look beneath our feet while passing streets.
It is nice to know that the author will continue his idea, as long as it will give him pleasure. He also published his book called Little People in the City. You can order it from the author’s website. Also, there you can find newest and oldest miniature works of Slinkachu. I wanted to post all of it here but I didn’t because of respect for the author.