Little People in the City: The Street Art of Slinkachu

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"They're Not Pets, Susan," says a stern father who has just shot a bumblebee, its wings sparkling in the evening sunlight. A lone office worker, less than an inch high, looks out over the river in his lunch break, "Dreaming of Packing it All In." A tiny man makes his way back to a tiny car, with a tiny shopping bag: "Shopping for one again." Another office worker sits atop a gigantic engagement ring and gazes into the distance; the caption reads, simply: "No." These are the collected photographs of Slinkachu, a London-based artist who

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Overview

"They're Not Pets, Susan," says a stern father who has just shot a bumblebee, its wings sparkling in the evening sunlight. A lone office worker, less than an inch high, looks out over the river in his lunch break, "Dreaming of Packing it All In." A tiny man makes his way back to a tiny car, with a tiny shopping bag: "Shopping for one again." Another office worker sits atop a gigantic engagement ring and gazes into the distance; the caption reads, simply: "No." These are the collected photographs of Slinkachu, a London-based artist who for several years has been placing tiny hand painted people on street corners, park benches, and the Underground, and leaving them to fend for themselves. Much like Banksy's early graffiti work, Slinkachu's creations mix the bustle, humor, and melancholy of city life, and lie quietly in the darker corners of London's streets, waiting to be discovered. And if you’re lucky enough to find one, to quote The Times: "Oddly enough, even when you know they are just hand-painted figurines, you can't help but feel that their plights convey something of our own fears about being lost and vulnerable in a big, bad city." This volume also includes a forward from acclaimed novelist Will Self.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780752226644
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 790,238
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 5.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Slinkachu's work was featured in Street Renegades: New Underground Art and Tactile: High Touch Visuals and can be found at little-people.blogspot.com. Will Self's titles include The Book of Dave and Psychogeography.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2010

    A Gem

    This book is so entertaining. The photos are great. This artist is so creative. Fun to share.

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  • Posted October 9, 2009

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    What a surprising take on city life

    This book struck me as utterly fresh...A new take on ways to view the world. Clever, amusing, witty, maybe serious, even. I loved it. Photographer takes photographs of city scenes created with street detrius...Can't decide which set-piece I like best. Think it might be the cover art.

    So, who is Slinkachu? Presumably Will Self knows, since he wrote the introduction to Little People.... But the more relevant question may be where did he get that name? In any case, he makes city living interesting again, and forces us to see the world anew.

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  • Posted July 30, 2009

    Really fun !

    Really fun, full of imagination !
    a wonderful book for a recession period ! It helps you to recover !

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    Posted November 11, 2009

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