Dioramas are pieces of art that can challenge the way we look at the world by recreating familiar surroundings in creative ways. Watch how artists meticulously craft miniature objects to create a post-apocalypse Chinese carry-out.
Daguerre’s diorama consisted of a piece of material painted on both sides. When illuminated from the front, the scene would be shown in one state and by switching to illumination from behind another phase or aspect would be seen.
Scenes in daylight changed to moonlight, a train travelling on a track would crash, or an earthquake would be shown in before and after pictures.
Miniature dioramas may be used to represent scenes from historic events.Landscapes built around model railways can also be considered dioramas, even though they often have to compromise scale accuracy for better operating characteristics.