Behold the brilliantly executed scholarly thesis of former UC Berkeley student Taylor Medlin: minuscule sculptures and dwellings hewn from what is essentially a mix of wax and freezer buildup. In 2010, Medlin, on his way to completing a graduate degree in architecture, delved into the structural possibilities for the world's least inhabitable continent. See, there are 60 research stations on Antarctica, all of which—per his project statement—"are completely constructed out of materials foreign to Antarctica ... [and] most remain completely dependent on diesel generators consuming fossil fuels brought from the mainland." His experiment, called Towards A New Antarchitecture, is science: a methodological study of the sustainability of ice structures—you know, ones meant to house actual people, not just sit and look pretty. But his method? That's all art. With precise light installation, laser-etched text, wax models, and human figurines—which are all captured through a reverse-periscope fisheye lens—every diorama is a testament to the meticulousness and finesse required for all staggering miniatures. More below.
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