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This Artist Is Making Mini Cityscapes And They're Really Amazing

Bright lights, little cities

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Ryan Monahan, an artist based out of Illinois, is shrinking cities into amazing miniature works of art.

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*eyes grow wide*

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The first sculpture Ryan made, "The Church", is an exact replica of a building he saw in Arizona.

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"That lead way to doing more urban environments, stuff I could relate to being near a city," Ryan told BuzzFeed.

But from that point on, most have been fictional places Ryan has made in his studio.

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"It's very therapeutic and enjoyable to have to discover details that others overlook and capture them in my piece."

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"I've been a fine art painter for a long time so I caught on rather quick when it came to painting and weathering miniatures."

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Cities were a natural fit for Ryan as well.

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"I lived and worked in the city for a while and really grew to love the character a building or a pile of trash could have," Ryan said.

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"City store fronts have so much going on typically, signs and what not everywhere. I love that!"

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Pieces average three weeks to a full month to finish.

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Which makes sense since every piece is so incredibly detailed.

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Look at the little newspaper inside!

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So what's the hardest thing to make? The asphalt.

"Having to recreate the texture and color but also stay true to scale and accuracy proved difficult. I had to make it a few times to learn a lesson or two before I got it right!"
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"Having to recreate the texture and color but also stay true to scale and accuracy proved difficult. I had to make it a few times to learn a lesson or two before I got it right!"

But lucky for us, it looks like he's gotten the hang of it!

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Check out more of Ryan's work on his Instagram!

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