The Jakarta Post
An artist puts finishing touches on a model town at Gulliver's Gate. (gulliversgate.com/File)
New York’s Times Square is welcoming yet another attraction with Gulliver's Gate, an exhibit of tiny, model towns and landmarks.
Some of the tiny tourist destinations on display within the US$40 million exhibit include the Taj Mahal, the Forbidden City of Beijing, London's Abbey Road, the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and even a working Panama Canal that allows moving boats to pass.
"And then all of this is actually laser-cut plexi to look like wood, painted and detailed," explained Chelsea Norwich, one of the designers of the New York City section.
According to CBS News, the project utilized more than 100 different people from around the world, who used 3-D printing, laser-cutting and handmade construction to create the models.
"There's something about miniatures that are just captivating," Matt Coté, the project’s chief technology officer, said. ”You know, you feel sort of King Kong-like, in one sense. And in another sense, you're captivated by what it must have taken to make that thing and we're hoping that'll happen here. People will say, 'how did they make that?'"
Despite the size of its miniatures, Gulliver's Gate has plans to expand further. By the end of this year, they intend to expand their Africa section and to create an airport with planes that can land and take off. (sul/kes)
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