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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  • Fun! Let’s start building!

    @Twitter --> PieterKoenis says:
  • Great concept, pity he doesn’t understand how plastic injection moulding works, making these technically wrong… Maybe I just know too much.

    Matt W says:
  • I bet he was aware of that and the costs of it as well

    Marleen de Graaf says:
  • havnt we seen that before…with a Spitfire?!….but funny :o)

    Kristian Kjær Moe says:
  • I definitely prefer these to his compact-OCD-arrangements-of-things-that-have-a-similar-quality.

    Snidely Whiplash says:
  • @Marleen de Graaf

    I think you have missed my point – the way he connected the parts could never be moulded like that (the way the runners overlap, etc). Knowledge of this would not have increased the costs at all. This just shows a lack of understanding of what he is trying to replicate.

    Matt W says:
  • Me thinks you think too much

    Harvey Millstone says:
  • Nice idea!

    Casey Chen says:
  • It’s still fun

    ale says:

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