Spring is in the air

Spring is in the air in Miniature Land, and we’ve been busy as bees completing our Golden Horseshoe exhibit, including a stretch of Highway 401 in southern Ontario that will hum with our autonomous vehicles. We’ve also broken ground on our 3rd exhibit, Ottawa, in our second warehouse.

There is a lot to celebrate in the world of miniatures, attractions and Canada this month, including the 50th anniversary of Expo67, and the launch of a new miniature world attraction south of the border. 

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50 year anniversary of world-famous Expo ‘67

When it comes to milestones, Canada knows how to throw a celebration. In honour of Canada’s centennial anniversary in 1967, Montreal was chosen to host that year’s ‘Universal and International Exhibition’. Expo ‘67 opened its doors on April 27, 1967 and attracted over 50 million visitors from around the globe.

Any successful attraction is led by a great theme, and the theme for Expo ’67 was ’Man and His World‘, a unifying vision to represent work what was truly revolutionary from nations all over the world.

Expo ’67 sparked spectacular creativity and innovation from participating countries in architecture, photography, film and art. Exhibits such as Habitat 67, acclaimed as an ‘architectural wonder’, and the Montreal Biosphere, now an environmental museum, enthralled visitors and remain today as a legacy of Expo ’67.

From a dream comes an idea that can turn into something magical like Expo ’67. This world fair and its amazing exhibits are an inspiration to us as we pursue our vision to build a Canada in miniature.  

Who would like to see us build one of the exhibits presented at Expo ’67 in miniature.  Let us know at info@miniatureland.ca


In the Big Apple, something BIG is happening… in miniature!

Gulliver’s Gate, an immersive world of miniature, will open its doors for an official preview on April 4th in New York City’s Time Square, gearing up to the grand opening on May 9th. In the heart of one of the busiest intersections in the world, it’s the perfect setting to make a “mini-mighty” impact. 

Inspired by the work of Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany, founder Eiran Gazit has turned his vision into a reality. Bringing together teams of talented and creative people working in eight countries on four continents, they have transformed a 49 thousand square foot space into a magical destination. The exhibits feature the bustling metropolis of New York City and monumental landmarks from Asia, The Middle East, Russia, Latin America and Europe, an inspiring representation of diversity in today’s world. 

We wish our friends and fellow mini-world makers at Gulliver’s Gate a fantastic launch.  The amazing media coverage they’re receiving indicates a big success. We’re definitely planning to make a visit, how about you?


Meet Spencer Barclay, our kit-bashing model-maker

How many people can say they have their dream job?  Well, ask Spencer Barclay and he’ll tell you that’s exactly what he’s doing. As a freelance model builder for Our Home and Miniature Land, Spencer has created spectacular work, from Hamilton’s spherical methane gas tank to a lively Oktoberfest parade that makes you want to jump in, grab a beer and be part of the celebration.

Spencer’s work involves many skills, all of which encompass his experience working with miniatures. His ability to create a work of art from practically nothing is extraordinary, and his ’kitbashing’ skills, a process combining different elements from kits, are one of a kind. For Spencer, to bring a structure to life is all in the details.

Miniatures have been a part of Spencer’s life since childhood. He would spend countless hours watching his father make scenery and lay track for his personal model railway. What’s more, Spencer’s grandfather was a commercial artist who had his own model railway back in the 1950s. To this day, Spencer continues to use his grandfather’s airbrushes, keeping the tradition in the family.

Spencer studied at OCAD University in Toronto, and his experience as a house painter, set builder and video producer have contributed greatly to his expertise in miniature making.  He enjoys building sci-fi model kits and photography. His favourite book is The Road and his favourite movies are Alien and Aliens.

Spencer is working his magic to help us build our miniature world, adding a personal touch to every model and scene he creates. We’re lucky to have him be a part of the team!

 

Camille Wodka