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James McNabb Transforms Bits Of Scrap Wood Into Intricate Miniature Cityscapes
Posted By Beth Buczynski On January 24, 2013 @ 4:45 pm In Art NYC | No Comments
Like other miniature cityscapes  we’ve featured in the past, The City Series depicts tiny skyscrapers made out of unusual materials. But that’s where the likeness to other exhibits ends. McNabb describes his artistic process as “sketching with a band saw .” Each element of the exhibit displays intricate building-like forms shaped from woods of different light and dark tones. McNabb says his initial intent was not to build skylines, but individual wooden pieces which resembled tools or other strangely familiar objects. After he built nearly 250 of them in a day he noticed  that they began to resemble a miniature city, and from there The City Series was born.
One of the highlights of the collection is “City Sphere ” a lathe turned wood sphere covered in abstracted urban architectural forms. “Each piece was cut to shape on a band saw, and attached one by one to the sphere with wooden dowels and glue,” writes McNabb on his blog. “I used a sharp chisel to taper the bottom of each building, so that viewers can see down to the core of the sphere, what I consider ‘street view’.” The epitome of the urban sprawl, this piece is meant to depict a planet consumed by the city, a concept that’s all too familiar in the real world.
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