Slinkachu was born in 1979 in London (UK). He has left his miniature figures, ‘Little People’, around the streets of many different cities around the world – London, Berlin (Germany), Hong Kong (China), Athens (Greece), Moscow (Russia), New York (USA), Cape Town (South Africa) and more – creating a ‘Global Model Village’.
Each sketch is seen from two or more scales, to offer several ways of interpreting. First, the little people are placed in tiny streets, which picture-by-picture oversize them. Slinkachu applies focal length and DOF (depth of field), moving from the infinitely small to the infinitely large, to appeal everyone to consider his life from different perspectives.
Slinkachu: “The ‘Little People Project’ started in 2006. It involves the remodelling and painting of miniature model train set characters, which I then place, photograph and leave on the street. It is both a street art installation project and a photography project.
The street-based side of my work plays with the notion of surprise and I aim to encourage city-dwellers to be more aware of their surroundings.
The scenes I set up, more evident through the photography and the titles I give these scenes aim to reflect the loneliness and melancholy of living in a big city, almost being lost and overwhelmed. But underneath this, there is always some humour. I want people to be able to empathise with the tiny people in my works.”