An Israeli expat has recreated the world in a stunning miniature exhibit that lets you ‘visit’ a multitude of landmarks from around the world – from the Brooklyn Bridge to the Pyramids – in a brand new 49,000 square foot museum in the heart of Times Place At New York.
Founded and led by Eiran Gazit, the recently inaugurated Gulliver’s Gate features an interactive exhibit depicting parts of the world and famous landmarks, as well as trains, planes, wagons and people in motion from yesterday and today. Israeli design company Mahtov Drawings was responsible for building the miniature model of the Middle East, including Jerusalem.
Overall, this “Lilliput” portrays scenes from New York, Latin America, the Middle East, Europe, Russia and Asia. The monuments include wonders of the world such as the Hoover Dam, the Parthenon, the Colosseum, the Panama Canal, and the Great Wall of China.
“The closer you look, the more you see”
Gazit – the founder and first CEO of Mini Israel, a 14-acre miniature exhibit from Israel located in a park outside Jerusalem – admits he loves miniatures and is fascinated by them. He also enjoys telling stories. “This allows us at Gulliver’s Gate to combine the two loves,” he tells NoCamels.
Plus, Gulliver’s Gate offers an escape from the real world, which is “complicated, hectic and not always enjoyable,” Gazit says. “In our miniature world, you are invited to relax, smile at impossible situations and discover something new around every corner. Ours is a positive and utopian interpretation of what the world could, should and would look like if there were no wars, poverty or calamity. “
The saying “the closer you look, the more you see” is true to Gazit’s project. “The miniature world allows us to examine the world in ways that we cannot in real situations,” he tells NoCamels. “Scale offers an incredible perspective on how the world is constructed, what it looks like and the relationships we have with our environment. “
With more than 30 years of experience, Gazit specializes in the management of tourist destinations, reception centers and educational organizations. Born in Israel, Gazit moved to the United States in 2005, and soon after became part-owner of the Gateway Hostel in Lenox, Mass. He co-founded Gulliver’s Gate with investor Michael Langer two years ago.
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Over the past two years, Gazit has overseen the work of several international teams working diligently to emulate multiple regions of the world. For example, the New York model, which was made in Brooklyn, required almost a year of 16 people; the Middle Eastern model was made in Jerusalem by 19 people for four and a half months.
Make a miniature version of yourself
This all-new $ 40 million New York attraction – which costs $ 36 to visit – also includes a body scanner and 3D printer to allow visitors to create miniature versions of themselves that can be taken home. as a souvenir or left behind. as a permanent “model citizen” of Gulliver’s Gate.
All screens are scaled to the ratio of 1:87, the standard for miniature models. For example, a person 6 feet tall would be represented by a number of 0.8 inches.
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“Gulliver’s Gate is the realization of a vision of more than 600 artists and artisans from around the world,” said co-founder Michael Langer. “Model makers have been tasked with creating a world that best represents their perception of the region they come from. They were also given enough leeway to express their own personalities and humor in the exhibit. “
What makes Gulliver’s Gate really special to Gazit and Langer is the fact that “so many different artists from so many backgrounds and ethnicities have come together to create a beautiful vision that the world can enjoy”.
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