A miniature world comes alive in the Big Apple
Travel like Gulliver through famous landmarks from around the globe, now on display in Times Square.
What if you could visit the Parthenon, the Colosseum and the Great Wall of China without leaving the Big Apple? New York's latest tourist attraction just opened and offers visitors international escapism. It's a $40 million installation of 50 nations in miniature: a kind of Gulliver's Travels for the 21st century. Hence its name: Gulliver's Gate.
The Times Square exhibit – which spans a 49,000-square-foot space and takes about 90 minutes to walk through – hopes to draw a million visitors a year to its Lilliputian-style world crafted by hundreds of artists from around the world.
The idea is the brainchild of Eiran Gazit, an alumnus of Hebrew University in Israel.
"It will be the largest, most intricate, most technologically advanced miniature display anywhere, right here in New York," said Gazit. He should know. Before creating this display, the Tel Aviv-born entrepreneur was the founder and CEO of "Mini Israel," a 14-acre miniature display outside of Jerusalem.
Why did Gazit and his team create the exhibit? Watch them explain in the video below.
Other landmarks include Stonehenge, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Louvre and Big Ben.
An artist works on a closeup scene of Jerusalem...
... and the finished product is seen below.
Artisans and craftspeople in 8 countries on 4 continents helped construct the models. See how they worked their magic in this video.
You don't have to wear a harness to maintain the windows on these skyscrapers.
And you can sweep a Manhattan street with a paintbrush.
Paris' Arc de Triomphe is a romantic locale at any scale.
Wildlife management is unheard of here. Animals can roam freely at Gulliver's Gate.
Even a mini Times Square comes replete with billboards.
Watch this video we put together about the exhibit.
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