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ABOUT the MINIATURES ...  including a step by step photo page showing the process.    


U. S. Capitol

The White House

The U. S. Capitol  .  19.5" x 15" x 8" 
 Collection:   Ronald Reagan Library 

The White House . 9.2" x 10.2" x 4"
Collection:  Dr. and Mrs. Richard Dyke


GENE GILL'S Landmark Miniatures are one-of-a-kind.  The artist will not duplicate a piece and he will not mass-produce one. 

The models are carefully researched.  This includes a personal visit to the original landmark for on-site sketches, measurements, and photographs.  Back in the studio, the artist utilizes his resource materials to hand-craft each piece in mixed media.  The media includes the traditional  wood, sculpey, styrene, as well as whatever else may work.  And it is not unusual for some miniatures to contain from 10,000 to 20,000 individual pieces.

When all construction is finished, the model is totally hand-painted by the artist to emphasize the intricate architectural details and to unite the various materials, so they appear as one.  The final step is to secure the miniature to a wooden base inside its own protective Plexiglas cube. 

Most people ask:  "How long does it take to make one?"  This depends on how complicated the architectural design is and how much exterior detail is involved.  Notre Dame took 4 months and the U. S. Capitol took 6 months to complete. But in general, the artist can complete an average Landmark in 2 to 3 weeks, working 10 hours per day and 7 days per week. 

Because the replicas are quite accurate and the scale is so small, Gill is able to currently produce only 6 to 8 Landmark pieces per year.

Photo showing the scale of miniatures

To emphasize the small scale, the three replicas in this photograph have been placed next to common objects.


Click here for Step by step photos showing the construction of St. Peters       Back to top