The World Size of Cigarette Stump Right Beneath Our Legs. Slinkachu

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.

Aleksandr Pasevin
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Aleksandr Pasevin
Aleksandr Pasevin is Art Pit’s strategist and designer, responsible for organization’s creative solutions. Aleksandr is also actively interested in new technologies, their connection with creativity and usage in cultural organizations. Aleksandr dislikes long discussions and considerations, and he mostly expresses his opinion quickly about whet... Read further >
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