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Artist creates realistic miniature models to preserve his memories

Cheng’s first miniature model, created over three years ago, was based on a restaurant he used to visit while studying in Japan.

He has since tried to push his boundaries in intricacy by creating smaller and smaller models. “Some people use words to note down their memories, but the possibilities of contemplating with words have limitations in the end. So I tried to use the real feeling of living in this room to recreate all the tiny details in this model,” he said.

Although Cheng has participated in several international competitions with his creations, the most important reward for him is the process of making and appreciating his artworks.

He says immersing himself in the “small people world” of his creations, and turning them into something that attract peoples’ affection, helps him to relax.

Cheng sometimes spends up to twelve hours a day on his art and says that although the minute detail work can be excruciatingly boring, it is always worth it in the end. “After I finished this artwork, my high school classmates came to visit me at home and couldn’t stop laughing, remembering how we used to eat, joke around, sleep, smoke and drink alcohol,” Cheng said.

While some of the vehicles used in Cheng’s street scenes are bought in shops, all the buildings and small details like the magazines and the furniture for his model houses are created from scratch.

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