Phantasmagoric Robotic Sculptures of Chris Millar #ArtTuesday

If you’ve ever been on It’s a Small World at Disneyland, then you never need to go again, because it hasn’t changed much since the day it opened in 1964. The exterior design and color palette by the legendary Mary Blair was cutting edge art deco at the time, and remains as iconic as it gets. We wouldn’t want to mess with that. But for the animatronic kids inside? We say it’s time for an upgrade, and we nominate sculptor Chris Millar. Here’s more from COLOSSAL:

Through painstaking attention to detail, [Chris Millar] creates each piece entirely from scratch. “Eclipse at Arc Valley,” the artist’s first exploration into work accompanied by music, took one-and-a-half years to complete and includes a handmade music box, bells, and gongs. “‘ADIT 42’ was started when I moved to Montreal and took two-and-a-half years to complete,” he tells Colossal. “It’s a kinetic sculpture that opens a vault door to reveal an entryway to a phantasmagorical otherworld.”

Spurred by ideas around portals and secret gateways, magic, and non-linear storytelling, Millar describes his approach as “kenophobic,” or characterized by an aversion to empty spaces. He densely fills tiny vignettes, platforms, and compartments with gem-like shapes, cameo portraits, architectural features, lighting elements, clocks, dials, and miniature landscape paintings. He says, “My practice has evolved into a highly detailed, high-craft process that pushes materiality and an excess of imagery to the limits of saturation.”

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