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Friday, January 17, 2014

Tiny Figures & Food Landscapes

Artists create miniature landscapes using tiny figures and food

  • Amazing works are by Italians Antonio Magliocchetti and Stefano Adorinni
  • They have made more than 130 photos from bread, pineapples and coffee
  • Antonio: 'We usually create them in our living rooms during our free time'
  • Their secret is £1 figurines on eBay, a good camera and very steady hands

Art may be food for the soul, but these works really are good enough to eat.
Two amateur photographers have made more than 100 miniature scenes in their living rooms - with food from their kitchen cupboards.
The 'food art' includes a moon landing in parmesan cheese, a ski slope on an iced cake, an office built from wafer biscuits and a crib containing the baby Jesus inside a muffin.
One small step for parmesan: Italian 'food artists' Antonio Magliocchetti and Stefano Adorinni have created more than 130 photos of a miniature world using everyday objects - often from their kitchens
One small step for parmesan: Italian 'food artists' Antonio Magliocchetti and Stefano Adorinni have created more than 130 photos of a miniature world using everyday objects - often from their kitchens
Off-piste: In one creation these cross-country skiers appear to have got lost on the icing on a cake
Off-piste: In one creation these cross-country skiers appear to have got lost on the icing on a cake
Dancing on iced martini: Figure skaters take to the surface of a frozen cocktail in another shot by the artists
Dancing on iced martini: Figure skaters take to the surface of a frozen cocktail in another shot by the artists
Earning a crust: Office workers are hemmed in by wafer biscuits, but at least they can eat their way out
Earning a crust: Office workers are hemmed in by wafer biscuits, but at least they can eat their way out
On their coffee break: Construction workers hauling buckets of beans - including with a miniature JCB
On their coffee break: Construction workers hauling buckets of beans - including with a miniature JCB
The artists from Udine, Italy, used tiny model people which they bought from hobby shops and from eBay for as little as £1.
Antonio Magliocchetti and Stefano Adorinni began their Mini World Project in 2012 and have since amassed more than 130 images, expanding their repertoire to household objects like vinyl records, glass bottles and a fish tank.
Each shot takes up to two hours to piece together using ordinary household objects, coloured paper and a tripod-mounted camera with a macro lens.
The pair have sold their creations to cafes, restaurants and offices, where they are now on display across Italy.
Mr Magliocchetti, 54, said: 'The construction is very fun, finding the items and building the sets.
Big appetite? This baker carries a  croissant bigger than him. The artist pair use 1/67 scale models
Big appetite? This baker carries a croissant bigger than him. The artist pair use 1/67 scale models
No crib for his bread: The baby Jesus finds an unusual scene for a manger inside a hollowed-out panettone
No crib for his bread: The baby Jesus finds an unusual scene for a manger inside a hollowed-out panettone
Rising to the challenge: Builders create a bread house out of dough (bottom left) in a tiny   cement mixer
Rising to the challenge: Builders create a bread house out of dough (bottom left) in a tiny cement mixer
Ice cream Sunday: Subathers lounge around on their day off with more food than they can eat
Ice cream Sunday: Subathers lounge around on their day off with more food than they can eat
Sawing chocolate: This logging depot made out of thin wafers takes the biscuit in one photo by the artists
Sawing chocolate: This logging depot made out of thin wafers takes the biscuit in one photo by the artists
Watermelon men: There was no seed of doubt for  the swimmers in this miniature beach scene
Watermelon men: There was no seed of doubt for the swimmers in this miniature beach scene
Golden sun: The  artists created a perfect sunbathing spot for their figurines with half a pineapple
Golden sun: The artists created a perfect sunbathing spot for their figurines with half a pineapple
Spill something? A man  drinks wine next to a full-size bottle in this photo by the two Italian artists
Spill something? A man drinks wine next to a full-size bottle in this photo by the two Italian artists
Dried fruit:  Brightly-coloured clothes on a miniature washing line are outshone by slices of pear and lime
Dried fruit: Brightly-coloured clothes on a miniature washing line are outshone by slices of pear and lime
'We get inspiration from everywhere: the kitchen, food. It can strike at any time.'
Despite the intricate nature of their shots, the pair use some surprisingly low-key methods to create them.
They tend to set up their 'studio' on the carpets of their living rooms during their free time.
For the people in their scenes they favour 1/87 scale figurines, which they buy from hobby shops or on eBay for as little as £1 each.
Mr Magliocchetti said: 'The reaction is highly variable. It is often the surprise and amazement of seeing certain combinations that get people going. It's an attempt to revive what is not alive.'
Our song: Some of the photos do not include food, such as this one of a couple dancing on a vinyl record
Our song: Some of the photos do not include food, such as this one of a couple dancing on a vinyl record
Tuning up: The musical theme continues as tweaking these guitar strings becomes an industrial task
Tuning up: The musical theme continues as tweaking these guitar strings becomes an industrial task
You're going to need a bigger boat: This fisherman comes face-to-face with his gigantic catch
You're going to need a bigger boat: This fisherman comes face-to-face with his gigantic catch
Castaway: A rowboat delivers a message in a bottle in this photo, taken at an unusual angle
Castaway: A rowboat delivers a message in a bottle in this photo, taken at an unusual angle
White wedding: As the bride throws her bouquet, guests clamour to catch it   without falling off their tiny pebbles
White wedding: As the bride throws her bouquet, guests clamour to catch it without falling off their tiny pebbles
Daredevil: A cyclist takes on a full-size companion as he makes his way round the rim of a bicycle wheel
Daredevil: A cyclist takes on a full-size companion as he makes his way round the rim of a bicycle wheel
Wall of death: An empty tin can becomes a funfair stunt in this photo, created in the artists' living rooms
Wall of death: An empty tin can becomes a funfair stunt in this photo, created in the artists' living rooms
In this photo, women and children are dwarfed by their own clothes pegs as they try to reach for the washing
In this photo, women and children are dwarfed by their own clothes pegs as they try to reach for the washing
The pair are continuing with their project, even releasing 'how-to' images giving a glimpse of how their pieced their shots together.
The fantastical scenes include workers sawing apart 'logs' made of wafer biscuits and a woodland scene with closed cup mushrooms transforming into trees.
Some are a little more bizarre, with a tiny clothes line next to a line of dripping fruit slices.
And many of the pair's characters are stranded on top of fruit slices, frozen drinks or biscuit mountains with no sight of terra firma. But at least if they get stuck there's a solution: they can always eat their way out.
It WAS a hoax! The artists stage their elaborate creations on little more than a sheet of old newspaper
A making of shot of Antonio Magliocchetti and Stefano Adorinni's miniature world creation showing workers chopping up chocolate in Udine, Italy
So it WAS a hoax! 'Making-of' photos released by the pair show how they created the moon landing made of parmesan cheese, left, and the logging depot constructed from wafer biscuits, right - in their living rooms
Some of the scenes took hours to set up on the artists' floors... as well as needing some very steady hands
Some of the scenes took hours to set up on the artists' floors... as well as needing some very steady hands
In this autumn scene, lowly mushrooms became towering oaks surrounded by crisp red leaves
In this autumn scene, lowly mushrooms became towering oaks surrounded by crisp red leaves
Complex: The scenes needed a macro lens, but otherwise used household objects and a perfectionist mind
Complex: The scenes needed a macro lens, but otherwise used household objects and a perfectionist mind

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