Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Exhibition of my miniatures - UNSUNG STREETS from 22 June to 5 July 2022

 Exciting news - I have a solo exhibition of my miniature artworks opening tonight! My last exhibition was in March 2020, just as COVID hit Australia, and it's been two long years of lockdowns and closed galleries since, but now it's time to get out there and see my miniatures in person again!





UNSUNG STREETS is on at the West End Art Space Creative Pod, located at 209 Little Collins Street, Melbourne. Rather fittingly for my love of old and abandoned shops, it is an old shop which closed during COVID and has now been repurposed as a gallery space.




Opening night is tonight from 5pm, but the exhibition runs for two weeks until 5 July. I hope you can make it along.


Friday, April 15, 2022

Miniature NYC firehouse from the 1984 movie "Ghostbusters"

 This week I completed my latest miniature: a collector commissioned me to make the iconic Ghostbusters HQ building from the cult 1984 movie "Ghostbusters". The real building still stands in New York City - it is a NYFD Hook & Ladder Company firehouse.



Who ya gonna call? ;)





I didn't work to a particular scale (although it ended up being around 1/50 scale) - instead, I knew the rough final dimensions I wanted the completed miniature to be, so I drew up blueprints to match that final size. I used Google satellite view to get the basic dimensions, and then filled in the details using stills from the film, contemporary photos of the building I found online, and Google streetview. I designed this using InDesign, because I used to be a graphic designer and I know the program well, but any CAD or design software would work. Once I had the plans, I started building.









It's such an iconic structure, I had a lot of fun making it. I won't tell you the whole story here - instead, watch the video to get the detail!

Video is embedded below, but in case that doesn't work here is the link:
How I built a miniature Ghostbusters New York firehouse scale model

Cheers,

Dave