The Zeifel Tower: A Big-Time Miniature White House
Article by Marc, filed under Installation & Sound in the Art category.

Are you a fan of small government? Then you’ll love John Zeifel, a model maker who did the President one step better: he didn’t just make it to the White House, he made the White House. His miniature White House model’s realism was impressive enough to propel John Zeifel on a cross country tour showcasing his creation. Get on your hands and knees and take a tour through our Nation’s most famous household.

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If you’re in a rush, you might think a tour of Zeifel’s miniature White House is a great solution, but you’d be wrong. Each room in the building is so detailed, that you’ll find yourself marveling at the intricate molding – something your eyes would glide over on a real tour.

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A photo of the front of the White House could easily fool someone into thinking they were viewing the real thing, and a scaled down view is just as tricky. One would never expect a cup full of pencils, or a realistically curled telephone cord to exist on such a small scale.

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Zeifel didn’t ignore any detail, and his intricate lighting solutions prove that fact. One can easily peer into every corner of every room. The china cabinets have hidden lighting, and the candles flicker realistically.

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As small as Zeifel’s White House is, it’s still a feat to move it from one location to another. Considering the fragile nature of the White House’s contents, it’s no wonder it takes a team to transport this wonder of modelmaking on its cross country trek. If Zeifel wants to turn other famous landmarks into miniatures, he might want to look into tilt photography, as it’s certainly easier.

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