Thursday, March 18, 2010

Model City?

This NY Times article profiles Michael Paul Smith who has created Elgin Park, a made up town of models that never made it past 1964. What I find interesting about the slide show is the emphasis on the automobile and how little has changed in all that time.

Michael Paul Smith builds scale models to house some of the model cars in his collection. His photographs of the models depict Elgin Park, an imaginary melting pot of a steel mill town where the calendar stopped in 1964.

You can check out the slide show here. While Mr. Smith is building this to showcase the cars it does seem interesting just how much we haven't incorporated other forms of transit into our daily lives. For the most part, most of us are still slaves to our cars, even if we wanted to change that the current infrastructure and environment make it almost impossible. Our love obsession with the cars continues on.

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