What would a miniature of a Bushwick street corner look like?
There’s no denying that this ‘hood is rather, err, industrial in aesthetic, but at least its residents aren’t trying to convince anyone otherwise. Artist Drew Hamilton has perfectly captured the unpolished charm of this ever-dynamic neighborhood by creating a quarter-scaled version of the view from his second floor apartment. Called “Street Corner Project”, Hamilton’s miniature painstakingly recreates every dirty detail, down to the abandoned Domino’s box shoved between a light post and trash can.
The Idaho-raised artist lived at the crossroads of Graham Avenue and Meserole Street in Brooklyn, across from Alfie’s Deli Grocery, which is the focal point of the diorama. Hamilton moved into the locale seven years ago, taking in the the grit and grime in an “odorous $495/month Flatbush attic” as he worked as a bartender. The experience informed this work, which at just a glance somehow manages to hint at the same smell of urine he says often soaked the corner.
In creating the work, Hamilton tried to honestly to portray all the objects and textures of his chosen site. The artist even handcrafted the bricks individually from terracotta, then firing and grouting them into the sidewalk which itself is made of real hand-poured concrete. The newspaper and garbage are photographs of the real thing printed to scale.
Hamilton’s other works can be seen here.
[Via New York Observer]
Images courtesy of Drew Hamilton
Neighborhoods : Bushwick