Small world: Why we love tiny things

Miniaturism is huge these days, in literature and film, in the art market and online. Simon Garfield (see above for a scale model) explains the allure of little things At the end of last year I made myself eight inches tall. I had seen the movie Downsizing , in which Matt Damon shrinks himself into a place called Leisureland, and I’d thought, “How hard can that be?” It turns out, not hard at all. I paid £199 to be photographed in a small white bell tent at Westfield shopping centre in Stratford, east London, and was told to stand on a round white disk and keep perfectly still. As I froze the white disk began to rotate slowly, and a bank of 14 cameras on a pole took about 400 photographs of me from top to toe. The whole thing lasted less than a minute, and when it was over I watched the layered images rendering on a display screen at the back of the tent. Once the photos had combined to reformat me back into a whole person, the 3D image was sent to a 3D printer, and within a few weeks I was made into a sandstone composite. Continue reading...