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Microscopic Art Makes Russian Fiction a Reality
« on: July 03, 2009, 07:05:03 PM »
By Olga Kalashnikova

The St. Petersburg Times

   
The well-known Russian story about the left-handed craftsman (“Levsha” in Russian) who shod a life-sized mechanical flea has been transformed from a fairytale into reality.

Although its author, the writer Nikolai Leskov, said that he had made up the subject of his novel and that the brilliant craftsman was no more than a fantasy, real miniature masterpieces can now be seen by visitors to the city’s Peter and Paul Fortress.

The legendary flea is accompanied by, among other things, figures of Russia’s best-loved cartoon characters, Cheburashka and Crocodile Gena, and a caravan of camels traveling through the desert at dusk. The exhibits are so small that they can only be seen through a microscope — for the cartoon heroes sit on half a poppy seed, and the entire camel composition is situated inside the eye of a needle.

During the last 10 years, their creator Vladimir Aniskin has produced many such miniatures that have already been shown at two other exhibitions — one in St. Petersburg and another in his native city of Novosibirsk.

There are about 10 miniature masters in the world, most of whom live in Russia. Creating miniatures is an ancient art with a history of more than 2,000 years, and has its roots in Japan and China.

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