Creatives are often influenced by the world around them—especially city dwellers. Artist Sergio Jauregui is inspired by his neighborhood in Los Angeles and pays homage to it through sculptures that are as impressive as they are tiny. His miniature models feature the trappings of the metropolis, from the hole-in-the-wall liquor store to newspaper vending machines. Each piece looks like it belongs in an urban area, as these elements appear well-loved (if not a little run down).
With their small stature, it can be hard to determine what the miniature city models are made of; Jauregui does an excellent job of disguising his materials. He uses an array of supplies to craft the exquisite scenes, from plastic tubing to wiring to paper chipboard, and he'll often disassemble electronics in order to find new components for buildings. In working with these eclectic materials, the goal is the same—to produce pieces that inspire us to not just look, but to really see the places in which we live.
Jauregui is new to this type of model making and his background isn’t in art. Before creating his handheld sculptures, he worked on elevators. Feeling unfulfilled, he quit that job and took classes on set design, which helped him learn fabrication techniques. Less than a year ago, he started to translate those skills on a miniature scale—Jauregui revealed to Norman Chan of Tested that he had only been creating these type of models for just six months!
Jauregui sells his work through his online shop called That, But Smaller.