Whether it was a doll's house or a train set, toy soldiers or a teddy-bear's picnic, the majority of us enjoyed playing with models at some point in our lives. Having miniature representations of real life gave us an imaginary world where we governed the workings and dramas within. Much like the Hand of God, we would place toy people and objects just where we wanted them, we'd tell the story and with the illusion of self-governance, we'd move the figures around. It was fun, and it likely helped us to make sense of the grand scheme we found ourselves in. When we're children the world is complicated and in a way, alien. We need to play at being part of it before we can begin to take part ourselves.
Even as adults, many of us gladly invest in limited edition models of our favourite characters, keep them in the packet and wait for them to be worth a fortune. We play with little people on computer games all the time, and some of us even design them. When I saw the latest model sets made by digital art studio Graza, I was swept back in time to my own train set that I would enjoy. I also played with Airfix models, my specialism was cars. These new designs may be digital however I think we can all agree that nowadays most of our play is done in the digital world. Playing with models can be done in the 3D virtual reality environments. Tactile skills will progress as the technology does and I have a lot of faith in the benefits of well designed computer experiences.
The Human Colour Sets project delves into various scenes that virtual and imaginary happenings could take place. Each one is designed to the highest degree of descriptive detail. Creating the pieces seems to have been an exercise in model making and art design that goes further than most to really capture the feel of what it's depicting.
See the whole project and more on Behance.
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