Visited the Art Institute of Chicago this week and viewed an exhibit I’d not seen before. It was an installation of miniature rooms that had been commissioned over the years. The detail of these presentations was stunning and the story behind the craftspeople who created them was amazing. Imagine building a faithful reproduction of a famous room (say Marie Antoinette’s bedroom, at scale of 1 inch = 1 foot. Everything, from wooden furniture to floor textiles to wall coverings – all exactly reproduced to a tiny scale and with intricate detail, using materials similar to the ones in the original room. These images don’t begin to do justice to the visual delight of these (reflections on the glass were a big problem) but I wanted to share some of them if only to encourage people to get there and view them in person. Gaze into the rooms long enough and you expect people to come walking into them. Stand in the right place and the perspective makes the scene like looking into a window of a house. Simply amazing. From a photographer’s view the lighting used in each one really enhances the sense of a full-sized building. I would love to have the opportunity to remove the glass and photograph these directly.