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Tiny Burns Add Art Nouveau Edges To Building Photographs

Once again proving that where there's fire and plain old paper, there is opportunity for art, Montreal-based artist Myriam Dion has created an astounding series called For Small Fires, in which she's burnt thousands of tiny holes in a blown-up photograph of two apartments and a shopfront built in 1870. The decrepit architecture depicted in the photograph now features intricate, Art Nouveau-inspired patterns on the windows and edges, which from a distance are indiscernible as tiny burnt pinpoints. In fact, only up close—or when light hits the work in a way that casts long, curlicued shadows—can the painstaking efforts really even be seen. The entire project is not only a way of honoring the abandoned buildings pictured, but also an homage to the practice of ornamental blacksmithing—which Dion considers to be a lost art form. Take a more in-depth look, below:

· Artist Burns Countless Tiny Holes to Create Stunning Patterns [My Modern Met]
· Projects [Myriam Dion]
· Artist's Precise Paper Cities Tell Stories of Disease and War [Curbed National]
· Turns Out Charred Wood Furniture is the Coolest Thing Ever [Curbed National]
· Creased Paper Makes For Arresting 2D Interiors Photos [Curbed National]