Urban miniaturist Alan Wolfson, whom I interviewed here, has completed a new piece: Canal Street Cross Section. Here he preserves in miniature the beloved living artifact of a former world, the Canal Rubber signage, which looks exactly like the real thing.
Wolfson always adds his own fantasies to his pieces, so they are not exact duplicates of the city scene as it is--or ever was. Here he inserts a wayward massage parlor next to Canal Rubber. He says, "I decided to throw in the Chinese massage parlor both to give it a touch of Chinatown and also to spice it up a little."
Down below the street are two subterranean levels--the subway platform and the tracks where a graffiti-covered subway car is open and waiting.
Here, a Brobdingnagian quarter has been dropped into the scene, calling attention to the smallness of the turnstiles and newsstand.
To see more of this multi-layered piece of work, visit Wolfson's site.
For more on New York miniatures, see also:
Visiting the Panorama
Model New York
Little Gritty City