Urban Miniatures: Graffiti-Tagged Architectural Model Features Gritty Detail

In a world of pristine and perfect model architecture, this replica of a locksmith in Taiwan boasts dirt, grime, graffiti and rickety structural details.

Crafted by Joshua Smith (images by Ben Neal), this 1:18 scale micro-structure lights up at night and takes on a particularly compelling realism in the relative dark.

Ballpoint pen plastic is worked in to flickering lighting fixtures while tagged walls and a rusty motorbike give it a sense of character and scale.

Smith’s newest miniature will be on display from November 10, 2017, at the Arcade Art Gallery in Taiwan as part of the group exhibition When the Sun Goes Down.

Based in South Australia, Smith previously worked for sixteen years as a stencil artist, and has now shifted his focus to model-making, with an emphasis on urban realism. Be sure to check out more of his work here as well.