URBAN MINIATURES BY JOSHUA SMITH

by Ariadna Zierold

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Joshua Smith is a miniaturist and former stencil artist based in Norwood, South Australia. With a career spanning 17 years he has showcased his work in London, Paris, Berlin, New York, Japan and all over Australia in over 100 exhibitions. Formerly a self taught stencil artist Josh refocused his career to establishing Espionage Gallery, an Art Gallery based in Adelaide, South Australia showcasing both emerging and well established local, interstate and international artists. For 4 years he showcased over 600 artists from over 20 countries.

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In 2015 after the closure of Espionage Gallery Josh refocused back onto his own career this time as a self taught miniaturist. His miniature works primarily focus on the often overlooked aspects of the urban environment such as grime, rust, decay to discarded cigarettes and graffiti perfectly recreated in 1:20 scale miniatures.

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ARTISTS MAKE SCULPTURES OUT OF DISCARDED STRAW

by Ariadna Zierold

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n Japan’s Niigata Prefecture, artists have found a creative way to reuse the straw left over by the season’s bountiful harvest: they turn it into sculptures.

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Made at the annual ‘Wara Art Festival’, the sculptures are built using wooden frames and lots of straw. They often depict different subject matters, ranging from sharks to tanks to even wooly mammoths. This year, local artist Amy Goda created a highly-realistic Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops, as well as other equally amazing works like a crab, a cobra, a praying mantis, and a rubber duck.

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The festival is held every 31 of August and has become a must-see event due to all the straw artworks on display.

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