Artist Joshua Smith loves run-down, decrepit buildings so much, he’s spent over two years creating them… in a 1:20 scale. The Australian artist invested in 8 to 16 hour work days to construct these buildings down to its minutest detail. Using photos of real buildings as reference, he’s captured the grit and grime of urban establishments in Hong Kong, Melbourne, New York and San Francisco, from the peeling paint and fading posters to the graffiti and cigarette butts on the sidewalk. “I want viewers to be fooled, if I take a photo of the completed work in sunlight, to think it is the real thing,” says Smith. I think we can all say it: mission accomplished!

Visit his website to compare the photos of the actual buildings with the scale models. Follow him on Facebook and Instagram.

Joshua Smith Scale Buildings Art

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Photo Credits: Andrew Beveridge/ASB Creative, Mu Young