This incredibly detailed 3D replica of Manhattan took 1,000 hours to complete

March 6, 2020

Photos courtesy of Empire State Realty Trust

French artist Johann Perathoner has created a panoramic 3D replica of Manhattan that is currently on view in the Empire State Building’s lobby. Though compact in scale, the composition is ambitious in scope and captures an incredible amount of detail in its small size. Made up of vibrant colors and 100 different textures that include rhinestones and fake diamonds, the piece took Perathoner more than 1,000 hours to complete.

It’s not the first time Perathoner has brought to life a major city in this format, the artist previously completed renditions of Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, and Paris. He typically incorporates many different textures (including a lot of shiny materials like rhinestones) and bright colors, creating an intricate and somewhat fantastical aerial perspective of the city.

Stop by the landmark to check it out for yourself; it will remain on display until March 25. Or get a closer look in the video below:


Photos courtesy of Empire State Realty Trust

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