The Man Behind the 23 Temple Street Scale Model – Joshua Smith

23 Temple Street

Words by Eduardo Lim, Creative Director, EDOHAUS
Photos by Andrew Beveridge of ASBCreative.com

 

Making scale model is nothing new. Humans have been exploiting this form of representation from military, architecture, prototypes, film, museums, art, to hobby. As technology progresses, creating accurate rendering has become easier and more accessible for people with clumsy hands. Then there are those gifted with talent that go a few steps further, pushing boundaries on miniaturization. One of them is Joshua Smith—a Stencil Artist turned Miniature Sculpture from South Australia.

We are honoured to have him answer a few questions. Here’s our short interview.

 

E: Tell us a little bit about yourself.

J: I am a miniature sculpture artist and former stencil artist based in Norwood, South Australia.

 

E: When did you start doing miniature and why?

J: I started just under 2 years ago after I closed an art gallery I was running called Espionage Gallery. At that point I had been doing Stencil Artwork for 15 years and wanted an art career change so decided to start creating miniature urban landscapes.

 

E: Is this a hobby or a profession for you?

J: A full-time profession. I generally work 8-16 hours a day 6 days a week creating miniatures as commissions and for exhibitions worldwide.

 

E: How do you get to choose your projects?

J: I generally have full freedom to do what I want. Sometimes I will work to a theme for example I am currently working on a miniature of an abandoned building in Port Adelaide for an arts festival called Wonderwalls which will take place in Port Adelaide.

 

E: One of the most impressive features of your work is detail. Can you tell us a brief summary on how you did the 23 Temple Street project?

J: I initially started by using Google Maps to “drive” around the backstreets of Kowloon in Hong Kong until I found the perfect building. Once I found it I then started reverse engineering the entire building starting with the walls and then onto details such as doors, windows and roller shutters and finally small details such as Street Shrines, Cigarettes, Graffiti and the grime. All up it took 3 months from inception to the final product. Every aspect of it is entirely scratch-built using not much more than MDF, Cardboard, Plastic and wire.

Note: For those curious, here’s the Google Street View for reference.

 

E: Technology can recreate iconic landmarks through 3D printing or VR, what makes miniaturization different?

J: I think the fact that it is built by hand and weathered and painted by hand. 3d printing is cool but it lacks the human touch. All the weathering and painting is painstakingly done by hand taking hours to create and as a result makes a much more realistic finish.

 

E: How important is art in our modern society?

J: Exceptionally important its ability to capture emotion and tell a story is second to none. I use my art to get my expressions and emotions out.

 

E: Do you do commission work?

J: I do! People can get in touch for commission work by emailing me at josh(at)espionage-gallery.com

 

E: Where can people see your exhibits?

J: Currently, I am exhibiting with Muriel Guepin Gallery located at 83 Orchard Street in Manhattan, New York City. I will also be part of the Wonderwalls festival in Port Adelaide in April.

 

E: Your motto in life is…

J: Never give up! Keep pushing forward. Remain proud but humble.

 

You can view more information about him on I Know Joshua Smith.

We like to thank artist Joshua Smith and photographer Andrew Beveridge for making this feature possible.

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