1:1 model kits by michael johansson
1:1 model kits by michael johansson 1:1 model kits by michael johansson
feb 23, 2010
1:1 model kits by michael johansson



michael johansson‘s sculptures ‘some assembly required’ and ‘toys ‘r’ us’ see the swedish artist turn
real forms of transport into 1:1 model kits. pieces from each vehicle are fastened together
by a welded tubular frame and painted a uniform color.



toys ‘r’ us – dinghy scale 1:1, 2006


‘a boat and related equipment are joined together in a welded metal frame. everything is painted
in a unifying plastic layer to resemble the surface of a model kit. the real boat is transformed into
a model of itself, and its original purpose has given way to something else.’ more




some assembly required – crescent scale 1:1, 2007


‘as a child I was fascinated building models. I remember breaking off the pieces from the surrounding
plastic sticks that were leftover from the casting process and subsequently gluing the pieces back
together in the right order by following the instruction manual. a real bike is turned back into a space
of imagination. by this i wanted to address the similarities between different contexts and spin concepts
such as size and belonging.’ more


via michael rylander



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