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Minsk in miniature: secrets of creating such beauty

Have you ever wanted to embrace the unembraceable and look at Belarus from the clouds standing safely on the ground?

The idea of creating a museum came to the author of the Miniature Belarus project Evgeny Danilik spontaneously, and his favorite city Minsk served as a source of inspiration.

Evgeny Danilik, director of Architectural Miniatures Museum:
Walking down the streets of the old city, we admired our wonderful Minsk which is acquiring a more European look and attracting more tourists with each  year. When we came up to the map of Minsk I just thought: ‘Why not create real models of it?’

The National Library of Minsk in miniature allows us to feel the beauty of the building, its architectural harmony in a new way. The glow lights up the building.

Walking, running, arguing and smiling Minsk citizens and guests of the capital frozen near tiny structures add a happy feeling to the exhibtion.

Evgeny Danilik, director of Architectural Miniatures Museum:
We focused on the quality of  miniatures. Every model we have is a masterpiece. All of them are detailed, realistic, and look impressive.

How such tiny beauty is created? Let’s drop in one of the capital's workshops where miniature cities are being built.

The creation of the model usually requires the efforts of six people. Everyone clearly performs its own function.

The production manager, Maxim Vazhnik, admits that there’s no greater happiness for him than to look at his finished works.

The Trinity Hill project is on now. 85% of the buildings are already installed.

Maxim Vazhnik, production manager of model workshop:
We spent two days measuring every building because we didn’t have any layout. Then, we spent 1.5-2 months creating the 3D model. Everything was put on the milling machine after that. Finally, the assemblers gather everything together, and the texture is separately painted and glued.

A verified landscape makes the object realistic. A special master is in charge of its authenticity. The specialist takes into account all the smallest bends.

Vadim Shibirin, miniature master:
This is the building of the Maksim Bahdanovich museum. I’m working on its territory, adjacent ladders, the relief, and so on. It is a pretty labor-intensive process.

The miniature master Igor constructs the buildings. This work needs assiduity and great attention to details.

Igor Tatarko, miniature master:
I have to reproduce the construction accurately, keep the size and not to mix up the details.

Another master, Evgeny, is in charge of the territory beautification. Evgeny like a fashion designer dresses millimeter-sized citizens in colorful sweaters with the help of paints and brushes.

Evgeny Shishko, miniature master:
The most important thing is to imagine the exposition. Then, to color it according to the time period of the scene. I can create different poses of people, too. Some of them may run or play the accordion.

There is a place for creative improvisation next to filigree accuracy.

Maxim Vazhnik, production manager of model workshop:
You need some kind of creativity and improvisation to make the miniature more alive, informative and interesting for people. The flowers are bedded out, little men are placed, the texture is glued, some billboards are hung, and so on.

The work on this miniature will be completed soon. But there are new plans ahead.

Maxim Vazhnik, production manager of the model workshop:
I would like to create a miniature of the National Opera and Ballet Theater of Belarus next. It is a difficult but a very interesting project.

The miniature Belarus will be filled up with new architectural objects with time. There are 33 miniature museums in the world. Seeing the city as if it is on the palm helps native inhabitants take a glimpse on the habitual architecture in a new way and tourists to realize what they would like to see live first.

Minsk in miniature: secrets of creating such beauty