This Miniature Artist Makes Incredible Artwork Of Melbourne’s Beloved Places


Instagram sometimes isn’t always bad. Among the mass of bland influencers, you often find a jewel of an account, a small artist who is just doing his own thing.

David Hourigan is an example. Melbourne artist creates incredible works of art of some of Melbourne’s most beloved buildings, making replicas of the city’s best architecture, whether it’s an iconic concert hall or a busy chicken shop.

His meticulous attention to detail is unreal. His latest was completed last week, a perfect replica of Collingwood’s legendary Tote Bar.

“To celebrate the end of Melbourne’s confinement: get on the beers!” Hourigan captioned her Instagram post showcasing her new artwork. “Here is my finished Tote miniature, completed today. This piece was sold today to a private collector who already owns one of my other miniatures, they returned quickly.

His model of The Tote perfectly captures all the raw charm of this concert hall; it will immediately remind you of many messy parties at the place. There are cute little VB bottles and mini 2mm cigarette butts on the street. There’s even a “Don’t Read The Herald Sun” sticker in one of the windows.

Particularly fond of the industrial western suburbs, one of his best works is a miniature recreation of Franco Cozzo’s original warehouse and showroom at Footscray. With the buildings having been demolished in the 1970s, Hourigan only had two old black and white photos to use as a guide, which makes the end result all the more remarkable. “I really wanted to resurrect this long-forgotten thing,” he said at the time.

Another Footscray icon, the Olympics Donuts van that stood outside the station, has also been turned into a miniature. He’s also done other favorite music gigs like the CBD’s Cherry Bar, from his original AC/DC Lane location.

Cherry Bar and The Tote are the first in a planned series of concert hall artworks, so expect The Croxton and Retreat Hotel to follow. Discover the works of Hourigan on his instagram and give it a follow to see what it does next.

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