Thursday, January 03, 2008

Miniatures & Train Show

Today we went to the miniatures and train show at the NY Botanical Garden . It was just a gorgeous display, I took over 200 pictures but can only share a fraction with you, I hope you will enjoy the tour. The houses and famous NY landmarks start out with a foam block base. The stone work you will see on the houses and areas surrounding them, are made from sand & tile grout. The details are achieved using all kinds of plant and tree materials, leaves, acorns, you name it, it is all attached with a hot glue gun. Windows are made from liquid resin and the whole thing is then sprayed with polyurethane.

This and the topmost photo are Eillis Island Immigration Station - 1900

Statue Of Liberty - 1871-1886

Highbridge Water Tower, Manhattan - 1866-1872

Metropolitan Museum Of Art, Manhattan - 1895-1926

The New York Public Library - 1911

Details on the library.

A glimpse into part of the train display.

Tracks and a bridge....lots of trains running all around the garden in these displays, it is really amazing.

A bridge with train running through, and some village scenery.

Belvedere Castle, Central Park - 1872

Gothic Arch Bridge, Central Park - 1861

Angel Of The Waters Fountain, Central Park - 1873

Lyndhurst Mansion, Tarrytown, NY - 1865

William K. Vanderbilt Mansion - 1883 - Domolished in 1926

Just some beautiful overall scenery shots along the way.

It was just so gorgeous the way the buildings and trains were interspersed with the greenery and flowers that make up all of the displays.

St. Patrick's Cathedral, Manhattan - 1858-1878

Some of the cathedrals' details. I hope you've enjoyed the tour!!!!


Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Oh My Goodness! What talent! Those are simply amazing. The attention to detail, and the medium they worked with.

Thanks for taking me along on your outing!

Greenie Gardens said...

What a lovely display! It's fun to follow you on your travels! Nice photos.

Mosaic*Queen said...

Hi Ruth!
Thanks for sharing! Those sculptures are AMAZING!!!! Next time I make a trip to New York, I'm must stop by the NY Botanical Garden.....especially since I'm a garden nut! :-)

Suzanne said...

Oh Wow! Those are amazing...I bet you could stand there for hours just admiring the detail! Thanks for sharing Ruth!

Jenn and Jacqui said...

Goood morning Ruth! How AMAZING and wonderful are these!! Wish you could have posted the whole 200!! lol The attention to detail is fantastic, so clever, and they are in a nice setting too. Thank you for always sharing a little of our favourite place NYC to us way downunder :) Have a lovely week Ruth! Jenn and Jacqui

NeereAnDear said...

Wow stunning!! I am floored by the beauty and detail .. How lucky you are to be so close to such beauty... I would be there everyday if i lived that close

Thanks for taking us on your trip with you and hubby for a mini vacation... I needed one



Gail McCormack said...

These are just unbelievable Ruth, I've a fascination for minatures, I would love to see the display in real life.

Mark said...

The train track looks a bit more interesting than mine, but I suppose mine is a proper one.Still when the wild flowers are blooming it looks pretty good.

Ruth Welter said...

Thand ladies and gentlemen, (Mark) you know who you are. : )

I was thinking since you all enjoyed the show so much, I would post more photos from the miatures show in a day or so. Jenn mentioned that she wished I could post all 200, I do too but since I cannot quite post that many, perhaps a few more next time would suffice. I'll pick some more of my favorites for you over this weekend.

Siobhan said...

Hi Ruth,

What a lovely all looks so very real! My son would love to see that in real life as would I.

Thankyou so much for sharing!

Siobhan xo

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Amazing stuff. I've got to get my son to the gardens. xoxo Lynn

The Old Painted Cottage said...

Ruth, these are absolutely amazing pieces of work. And your photos are terrific. Thank you for sharing with us all!


Inspired Tokens said...

Wow - how stunning! I've never seen such intricate work before. It all looks so wonderful. I can see why you have over 200 photo's, just breathtaking. Thanks for sharing.

Ruth Welter said...

Thanks ladies, glad you enjoyed them. I'll try to post more soon.

Paula B. - GemStateMom said...

Oh Ruth.....please do post more! These are really remarkable--the detail of each of the buildings and landmarks is amazing, and everything looks so lush and green and simply wonderful (can you tell I have been looking at a white expanse of snow for far too long?)

I didn't realize you had a blog...sorry it has been so long since I popped in to see you.

Looks like your art continues to 'blossom'!

Blessings on 2008!

Ruth Welter said...

Hi Paula, nice to hear from you, it has been awhile. I will try to post more one of these days. You know how it goes, so little time, so many blog posts. :)

the feathered nest said...

I have to show my husband these pics! We went to a local nursery last year that has something similiar on a smaller scale and he decided then that he'd like to havea railroad garden in our backyard. These pictures are fabulous!


Charm & Grace said...

Incredible miniatures! Incredible photos!

Happy new year blessings,

Charm & Grace Blog

Ruth Welter said...

Thank you Christi, nice to meet you.

Neutral Dwelling said...

Those are amazing!