Read here about artworks that help people understand matters of scale.


Artworks can help people understand at a glance the complex issues arising when we try to comprehend superscaled reality.

Art of Miniatures and Model Kits

Miniatures and model kits are used in contemporary art whereby artists use both scratch built miniaturizations or commercially manufactured model kits to construct a dialogue between object and viewer. The role of the artist in this type of miniature is not necessarily to re-create an historical event or achieve naturalist realism, but rather to use scale as a mode of articulation in generating conceptual or theoretical exploration. Political, conceptual, and architectural examples are provided by noted artists such as Jake and Dinos Chapman (otherwise known as the Chapman Brothers), Ricky Swallow, John Timberlake, Shaun Wilson or the Psikhelekedana artists from Mozambique, James Casebere, Oliver Boberg, Daniel Dorall, Lori Nix and Bill Finger.

Art of Giant Everyday Items

See Claes Oldenburg.

Stuart Murdoch, 'Giant Deckchair', 2012, Bournemouth (UK)

World's Largest Pecan, 2011

Myfanwy MacLeod, The_Birds, 2010

The Meitan Tea Museum

Mehmet Ali Uysal, Mandalbuyuk

Sander van Heukelom, Fat Cap Chairs, 2010

Erwin Wurm, New York Police Cap, 2010

Jason Alper, Way Too Big (Pink)

Giant toys

The scale model reduction is re-inflated to full scale.
See Yoram Wolberger’s Red Indian: the scale is usually 1:40

Yoram Wolberger, Red Indian #4 (Spearman), 2009. 3-D digital scanning, CNC digital sculpting, reinforced fiberglass composites, Urethane paint, 75 x 75 x 22 inches.

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