Artists remake the world’s wonders in lilliputian scale

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MILES O’BRIEN: Finally, from Venice to a tourist destination of a different kind.

In tonight’s NewsHour Shares, the world is a big place, but a new attraction in the heart of New York City has managed to shrink it down to size.

The NewsHour’s Julia Griffin explains.

JULIA GRIFFIN: Brazil’s Copacabana Beach, Rome’s Colosseum, or India’s Taj Mahal, pick one for your vacation destination, or see all three in one afternoon on a much smaller scale.

EIRAN GAZIT, Co-Founder, Gulliver’s Gate: We wanted to give the impression that, even though we are dealing with very small things, this is huge.

JULIA GRIFFIN: Eiran Gazit is the co-founder of Gulliver’s Gate, a world of miniatures the size of a football field in New York City’s Times Square.

EIRAN GAZIT: I believed that the way to create the experience properly was that each area would reflect its own flavor, tastes, smell and the things that are important to that area.

JULIA GRIFFIN: Achieving that required a team of 600 artists from eight countries. Gazit’s partner, Michael Langer:

MICHAEL LANGER, Co-Founder, Gulliver’s Gate: In Russia, it was building the Russian section. In Rimini, Italy, they were building the European section. And by doing that, we not only got the authenticity, but we also got a diversity of design.

JULIA GRIFFIN: Among the highlights?

MICHAEL LANGER: I’m very fond of the Panama Canal. I love how the water functions and runs through the Amazon and turns into a waterfall at the end.

EIRAN GAZIT: Grand Central is one of my favorites, because you see the layers that go between the subway, the regular train and the entrance. And if you actually look at the ceiling, you see that no detail was left behind.

ADRIAN DAVIES, Head of Model-Making, Gulliver’s…

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