Miniature Cardboard Reconstructions of Vintage Stardust Motels Around the World

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Australian artist Anna Carey, who we learned about on Faith is Torment, uses photography, sculpture, drawing, and film to reconstruct iconic Stardust motels across America and her home country. The detailed models have an uncanny sensibility.

“The camera lens magnifies the model with all its imperfections and reminds the viewer that the photograph has been constructed with a miniature materialized object,” Carey writes on her website. “This creates a [disorienting] experience for the viewer which opens up an imaginative space for one to pause and reflect on their own experiences embedded within the familiar spaces.”

Wes Anderson would take up residence in Carey’s vintage cardboard world.

©Anna Carey84 Frank Street, Surfers Paradise…then 2015, 70 x 105cm Giclee print

©Anna Carey84 Frank Street, Surfers Paradise…now 2015, 70 x 105cm Giclee print

©Anna Carey517 North Vine Street, Hollywood…then 2015, 70 x 105cm Giclee print

©Anna Carey

©Anna Carey910 Collins Aveue, Miami…then 2015, 70x 105cm Giclee print

©Anna Carey910 Collins Aveue, Miami…now 2015, 70 x 105cm Giclee print

©Anna Carey210 Bedwell Avenue, Woodbine…then 2015, 70 x 105cm Giclee print

©Anna Carey210 Bedwell Avenue, Woodbine…now 2015, 70 x 105cm Giclee print

©Anna Carey666 East Foothill Boulevard, Azusa…then 2015, 70 x 105cm Giclee print

©Anna Carey666 East Foothill Boulevard, Azusa…now 2015, 70 x 105cm Giclee print