[Visual] Olivo Barbieri – The Small Apple

Posted in Art, Recommended, Visual by the.Zoo.keeper on May 30, 2010

Olivo Barbieri - The Small Apple

Massive billboards in Times Square take on the appearance of collaged magazine ads; sunbathers in Central Park are reduced to the size of ants; and the United Nations complex seems as though it’s still an architectural model rather than a landmark site. Elsewhere, tourists on the roof of Rockefeller Center resemble HO scale figures; Frank Gehry’s IAC building in Chelsea appears to be collapsing; and the Wonder Wheel in Coney Island looks laughable in its now miniature scale.

Presenting New York anew, Barbieri states, “I see the world as a temporary site-specific installation, structures, infrastructures, the foundation of our sense of belonging and our identity, seen from afar, as a great scale model: the city as an avatar of itself.” – Flavorview

Shot from a helicopter using a a large format camera from a helicopter, Olivo Barbieri captures real-life urban environments, but by tilting & shifting the lens to keep some parts clear and other parts out of focus makes them resemble tabletop constructions – it’s like looking down on a matchbox car mat.

for further pics & to see how he does it, click ‘more‘.


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  1. NYhippy said, on May 30, 2010 at 6:00 am


  2. Library Store said, on May 30, 2010 at 7:30 am

    really nice post here, thanks.

    might add this to our blog.

  3. FaQs said, on May 30, 2010 at 8:39 am


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