Artist turns old pocket watches into miniature worlds
Greek artist Gregory Grozos wants to prove that old pocket watches can do much more than just tick. He wants to show that they can fit entire miniature worlds inside them. Inspired by classic art, fantasy, and steampunk, each of Gregory’s handmade miniature art pieces tell a story of imaginary microcosms. Inside tiny figurines are placed among little homes, workplaces, and even forests.
“I call my creations ‘miniature worlds’ because that is what I exactly aim them to be,” Gregory writes. “I try to make each work as detailed and complete as a tiny world would need to be in order to be called a world.”
Gregory reveals that he had thought of making entire miniature worlds in which a person could carry on themselves. He then started to develop ways of doing just that. He pays close attention to the fine details, trying to bring a harmonious combination to many tiny bits and materials. Using elements such as tiny figurines, little cogs and miniature trees, each piece takes days or even weeks to complete.
“I try to bring out what is positive, bright and wholesome in my art, making it into something which can have the capacity of benefiting, inspiring and helping others. Seeing things in this way has opened up a completely new field of ideas, creativity and an enthusiasm to improve my skills, techniques, and knowledge.”
Gregory’s old pocket watches with miniature worlds range from US$39 into the thousands, but each of them offers something different. And despite the lack of space within the watches, he still manages to tell a story that feels whole.
You can see many more of his miniature worlds and even purchase some on Etsy.