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See How a Brooklyn Artist is Creating a Miniature Scale-Model of a Gothic Cathedral from Scratch

See How a Brooklyn Artist is Creating a Miniature Scale-Model of a Gothic Cathedral from Scratch
See How a Brooklyn Artist is Creating a Miniature Scale-Model of a Gothic Cathedral from Scratch, Apse Floor. Image Courtesy of Ryan McAmis
Apse Floor. Image Courtesy of Ryan McAmis

Ryan McAmis, an artist from Brooklyn, New York, is designing and building a miniature, scale model of a late Gothic Italian Cathedral, recreating everything from the stained glass windows to the vaulted ceiling, wall tombs and paintings. He first creates the pieces from a variety of materials, ranging from hand scribed brickwork on treated paper, to clay and wood. He then combines the materials together and creates a silicon mold, casting each piece in white plastic to be hand painted later. See more photos and read about his process after the break.

Round Windows. Image Courtesy of Ryan McAmis Fresco. Image Courtesy of Ryan McAmis Window. Image Courtesy of Ryan McAmis Apse and Tomb. Image Courtesy of Ryan McAmis + 13

Tomb Lions. Image Courtesy of Ryan McAmis
Tomb Lions. Image Courtesy of Ryan McAmis

To create the stained glass, McAmis lays out a pattern in Photoshop and prints it onto a transparent material. The impression of 600-year old leaded glass is created with a small clay tool used to burnish each piece.

Apse Ceiling. Image Courtesy of Ryan McAmis
Apse Ceiling. Image Courtesy of Ryan McAmis
St. Mark Sculpture. Image Courtesy of Ryan McAmis
St. Mark Sculpture. Image Courtesy of Ryan McAmis
Cornice. Image Courtesy of Ryan McAmis
Cornice. Image Courtesy of Ryan McAmis

To create the flooring, the design is again laid out in Photoshop, then printed onto archival paper. After gluing the paper to the floor, and varnishing and sanding several times, a small, sharp clay tool is used to scribe the granite tiles.

Floor Tomb. Image Courtesy of Ryan McAmis
Floor Tomb. Image Courtesy of Ryan McAmis
Frame. Image Courtesy of Ryan McAmis
Frame. Image Courtesy of Ryan McAmis
Savanarola Chair. Image Courtesy of Ryan McAmis
Savanarola Chair. Image Courtesy of Ryan McAmis

McAmis estimates that the project will take several years to complete. Stay up to date with the process and see his other work on his website here.

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Cite: Eric Oh. "See How a Brooklyn Artist is Creating a Miniature Scale-Model of a Gothic Cathedral from Scratch" 26 Jul 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/770701/see-how-a-brooklyn-artist-is-creating-a-miniature-scale-model-of-a-gothic-cathedral-from-scratch/> ISSN 0719-8884
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Apse Floor. Image Courtesy of Ryan McAmis

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