Randy Hage recreates vanishing New York store fronts – just a lot, lot smaller

A while back, we showcased a book of photos, “Store Front – The Disappearing Face of New York” by James T. Murray and Karla L. Murray. So how surprised were we to find out that scale model maker and set designer Randy Hage is bringing his own brand of attention to the same topic. Hage replicates NYC storefronts that are disappearing due to gentrification and urban renewal in 1/12 scale. They are made entirely from scratch. He begins by building the base structure out of wood. Then, some details are etched in metal while other elements are cast in resin from hand-carved molds. A single model can take up to two months. “I work to recreate the subjects down to the smallest detail, trying to avoid any visual clues that might unmask the illusion of reality that is created,” Hage says. He certainly achieves that. The best part is that even under close inspection, it’s hard to tell how he’s made a lot of the details – like the stack of newspapers, below. This only ads to the illusion and you’re left to believe that you’re truly looking at a tiny storefront.

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