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  • Deepak Punjabi
    Artists create miniature landscapes using tiny figures and food Amazing works are by Italians Antonio Magliocchetti and Stefano Adorinni They have made more
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 15, 2014
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      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
      PUBLISHED: 19:29 GMT, 15 January 2014 UPDATED: 21:04 GMT, 15 January 2014



      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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