Inside a French Museum Filled With Miniature Movie Sets

LES ARCHIVES – DAN OHLMANN – 1/12 SCALE, MMC LYON
LES ARCHIVES – DAN OHLMANN – 1/12 SCALE, MMC LYON

Before movie makers relied on the magic of CGI, they had to use more creative methods to create scenes. Professional miniaturists were called in to create impossibly detailed sets that would put even the most elaborate dollhouses to shame. The hyperrealistic sets were often in one-twelfth scale, making each component remarkably small. And they didn't skimp on the details. The staged areas needed to be as convincing as possible, so that the viewers did not notice they weren't looking at a full-size room, meaning they needed to incorporate as many nuances as possible like dirty windows, layers of dust, and graffitied walls. 

You can see some of these incredible miniatures at the Musée Miniature et Cinéma in Lyon, France. The museum has more than 100 sets that span over two floors of the building. Among these is the entire collection of accomplished miniaturist Dan Ohlmann, a former cabinetmaker who has been making tiny sets for over 20 years. Visitors can peek inside these tiny wonders and fully take in the amount of detail and effort themselves. 

"More than mere technical achievements, these creations are mirages of their own kind. Their outstanding realism revives one’s memories and exhales a distinct sense of nostalgia," their website says


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Dan Ohlmann, MMC LYON


Dan Ohlmann, MMC LYON


Dan Ohlmann, MMC LYON


Dan Ohlmann, MMC LYON


Dan Ohlmann, MMC LYON

Dan Ohlmann, MMC LYON


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[h/t: Web Urbanist]All images courtesy of MMC LYON.

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Watch: This Crashing Wave Art Installation in South Korea Brings Seaside Tranquility to a Busy City

These waves won't unexpectedly soak your beach towel when the tide comes in.
These waves won't unexpectedly soak your beach towel when the tide comes in.
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Since residents of Seoul, South Korea, can’t exactly enjoy the sight of ocean waves breaking on the shore during their lunch hour, a design house is bringing them the next best thing: An enormous screen that plays realistic waves on a loop in the middle of the city.

Travel + Leisure reports that the installation, titled WAVE, is an anamorphic illusion, a distorted image that the viewer must observe from a specific angle for it to appear multi-dimensional. It’s on display in K-Pop Square at the Coex Convention and Exhibition Center in the district of Gangnam, but you don’t have to book an international flight to check it out—the creator, a design company called d’strict, shared a mesmerizing video of the work on YouTube.

Over about two months, developers molded two LED displays together to create a screen approximately 262 feet by 65 feet, with a resolution of 7840 pixels by 1952 pixels—almost twice the resolution of ultra-high-definition. In other words, the waves on this screen look more convincing than footage of the actual ocean would on your state-of-the-art living room TV.

For 18 hours a day, locals can watch icy blue swells slosh against the sides of the virtual tank, complete with the tranquil sounds of crashing waves (though they’ll have to rely on their imaginations to catch a whiff of salty sea spray).

Looking for other immersive displays? Dive into 15 awe-inspiring virtual tours here.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]