Miniature Dioramas So Detailed You’d Swear They’re Real

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The image above isn’t a full-scale scene from a movie set. It’s actually a miniature model.

These astounding dioramas are the work of Japanese artist Satoshi Araki who creates visions of urban decay in minute detail (some of which are very nerdy). Until you see them in context with the rest of the world or with a human hand adjusting the landscape, you’d swear they were real.

His inspiration starts by using Google to image search using keywords like “Iraq war” and “Iraq ruins” which he then recreates using cut and painted styrofoam. Once he adds in props like vehicles, people, and scattered debris, they look like photographs of the real world.

See more examples after the break.

(via reddit and Spoon & Tamago)

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