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  • Dave Bond

What do you do if you can't visit an exhibition? Why make your own of course.

Updated: May 21

Visiting art exhibitions have been one of the things I have missed during lockdown. Whether it be a large exhibition of a famous artist in a large gallery or a small one of unknown artists, I just love visiting and getting inspiration. The only one I managed to go to in the last year was Andy Warhol at Tate Modern, so inspired by Grayson Perry's Art Club I decided to have a go at making my own, but in model form.

It took me a while to decide on the correct scale. I thought about using Lego Minifigs, but thought this would be too big. I then looked at OO scale railway models, but after making the room, decided that this was far too small to make the art exhibits to be clear enough. I finally settled on 1/48th scale and luckily I had a number of these figures available.

I started by making the room box, painting it and laying the wood floor. I then had to think about what art work to include. I used air drying clay to make some pots, but as I like modern sculptures better I would include these. All the figures I used are from Lego, i particularly liked the balloon animals, that looked just like Jeff Koons work, which I saw a few years ago.

For the walls I went for some tapestries by Grayson Perry which I printed on card. Once these had been arranged it just left a few visitors to be added. I already had the figures, but they needed some filing to remove seems and I repainted the clothes.

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