Incredibly Detailed Miniature Sculpture of San Francisco’s Historic Record Store

Joshua Smith - Discolandia Miniature

For an upcoming exhibition at Palo Alto Art Center, self-taught miniaturist Joshua Smith has once again created a scale model that is a slice of urban life. Following his recent venture into the architecture of Taiwan, Smith has jumped across the ocean, this time tackling elements of San Francisco.

The centerpiece of the show is the legendary Discolandia Record Store in San Francisco’s Mission District. Known for catering to Latin music aficionados, the record store closed its doors in 2011 after almost 30 years in business when the owner decided to retire. Smith touches on this piece of Mission District history, perfectly capturing the nostalgia of a musical paradise now abandoned. From the slightly tilted signage to the signature orange paint, he’s able to pay homage to what was and what is now the reality.

Smith rounds out his contribution with a Golden Gate dumpster, complete with graffiti tags and a street art poster. Perched next to a chain-link fence topped with barbed wire, tiny cigarettes scattered on the ground, there’s no detail overlooked by Smith. And in fact, this aspect is part of what drives Smith’s work. “I love a challenge and the problem-solving skills that come with trying to figure out how to get miniatures to look realistic,” he revealed. His dedication to realism and ability to pull beauty out of the most unexpected places is part of what makes him one of our favorite miniaturists.

Through That Which is Seen runs from January 20, 2018 to April 8, 2018.

Joshua Smith - Discolandia Miniature
Joshua Smith - Discolandia model
Joshua Smith - Discolandia Miniature
Joshua Smith - Discolandia Miniature
Joshua Smith - Discolandia model
Joshua Smith - Discolandia model
Joshua Smith - Discolandia Miniature
joshua smith miniaturist
joshua smith miniaturist
joshua smith miniaturist
joshua smith miniaturist

Joshua Smith: Website | Facebook | Instagram

All images by Ben Neale. My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by Joshua Smith.

Related Articles:

Artist Creates Miniature Worlds Mimicking the Grit and Grime of Urban Architecture

Mini Sculptures of Los Angeles Capture the Gritty Personality of City Neighborhoods

Model Maker Creates Spooky Miniature Scenes Framed Within Shadow Box Dioramas

“AnonyMouse” Artists Open Tiny Shops for Mice on the Streets

The post Incredibly Detailed Miniature Sculpture of San Francisco’s Historic Record Store appeared first on My Modern Met.

http://ift.tt/2EGaMnS

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s