Artist Roxy Paine's installation depicts an airport checkpoint.Jason Wyche
Artist Roxy Paine's installation depicts an airport checkpoint.
Jason Wyche
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Keep Your Shoes on for This All-Wood Airport Checkpoint

This article originally appeared on Lost at E Minor.

We’ve all been there: the rushing, the queues, the "shoes, belt, laptop" drone, the beeping, the swabs and the hands in strange places. But it’s unlikely that very many of us will ever actually stop to look around and take in any details of an airport security checkpoint.

Using a blend of 3D modelling and hand-carving, artist Roxy Paine has created an installation depicting a checkpoint frozen in time. From the rubber flaps on the x-ray machine to the shoes in the box, the whole thing is made from wood and illuminated by recognizable fluorescent lighting. Using forced perspective and clever foreshortening, Paine has managed to fit an 80-ft room into an 18-ft space and still make it seem life-size.

The room-sized diorama, carved from soft-hued maple, portrays a mundane space in a new light, freezing a room that we normally rush through without seeing so that we can observe minute details at our leisure.

(via Design Boom)


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