Most people look at a staple and see something used to secure a bunch of papers together, but as anyone who is familiar with this site knows, artists tend to see things a bit differently. Using 100,000 staples artist Peter Root has constructed a miniature metropolis featuring 4-inch-tall skyscrapers, 1-staple-tall low-rise buildings, and everything in between. Built on the the floor of a bank atrium in Guernsey, Channel islands, the staple city is called ”Ephemicropolis” and took Peter 40 hours to construct – watch the video below to see his process condensed into 3 minutes.
Peter graduated in 2000 with a fine art degree from University College Falmouth in Guernsey. When asked why he chose to work with staples, he explains ”Staples are available in epic quantities for a relatively low cost. They have a shiny, brand-new, perfect, man-made quality that, when viewed in a specific way, can suggest both micro and macro scale.”