Public Space, In Miniature
October 7, 2011
We’ve seen our share of miniature houses, and it continues to fascinate us how model-sized dwellings can tell such rich and compelling stories. Now we present to you something a little different: miniature infrastructure. Jens Reinert constructs tiny concrete structures and meticulously covers their interiors with graffiti. Click through for more.
While many artists have intrigued us with their small-scale buildings and incredibly lifelike exteriors, Reinert explores the stories that are told from the interiors. For years, the artist has been constructing diorama-like boxes that invite viewers to peek into unglamorous spaces such as parking garages, vestibules, hallways, and stairwells.
In his latest work, the artist has created curiously shaped structures that, from afar, appear like unfinished projects from woodshop class. But once you take a closer look, you are instantly transported to the neglected spaces of any big city, spaces that are so commonplace that they are forgotten. Reinert’s miniature interiors evoke underpasses, train stations, tunnels, and parks. Layers and layers of miniature graffiti enrich these simple structures with a sense of time. As a result, the work conjures the histories of everyday public space and brings them directly to the viewer. Through these sculptures, one can feel a wonderful sense of intimacy with the interior spaces that have been experienced by so many.