Culture: Art: Sculpture
Collectible People   (+21, -2)  [vote for, against]
to take home and put on the shelf

Sometimes I see a person in public and wish that I could have a small model of that person and keep it with other small models of people I would collect in my Collectible People collection.

It's a fun pastime to see people and ask yourself if you would collect them.

To create and collect these models would be an act of art.  The makeup of the collection would reflect my apprecation of their existence, yet, I would be copying them into objects in a menagerie on a shelf or to be displayed in an exhibit.

These copies would be all at the same scale, normally 8" tall.

The inventor & artist would create special photographic scanning equipment that would be setup and allow an agreeable subject to be quickly and automatically photographically scanned while standing or seated.  The images would then be stitched together by computer and data generated that could be converted into the model using existing 3D modeling output device.  I don't know if color is already being output by these devises, so, if not, the models would be handpainted from photography.

I'd definitely collect the locally famous Intellectually Disabled artist, black, very large, with a perpetual incredibly large grin and buggy eyes.

The Paranoid Schizophrenic from the Coffee Shop with long grey hair and long beard nicknamed Yosemite.

I happen to work with many Intellectually Disabled, some of whom I would collect.

But many people of all ages and descriptions have that certain collectible impression in my eye.

The invention is both the Collectible People sculpture series and the specialized image-collecting equipment.
-- Mustardface, Apr 11 2010

People miniatures - you send a photo they make a little model. [sprogga, Apr 11 2010]

The Edgar Allan Poe Action Figure
...for example. [hippo, Apr 11 2010]

The Sigmund Freud Action Figure http://www.dollysmi...undfreud/index.html
[hippo, Apr 11 2010]

All but the 3D part.
[mouseposture, Apr 11 2010]

Wikipedia: Shrunken Head http://en.wikipedia.../wiki/Shrunken_head
[rcarty, Apr 11 2010]

tourist sculptures http://www.westga.e.../hansontourists.jpg
larger version [Voice, Apr 17 2010]

Homies http://ecx.images-a...s/I/51Gn-wntmOL.jpg
[ShawnBob, Apr 22 2010]

Collect them all!
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, Dec 07 2012]

3D printing photobooth
[hippo, Dec 08 2012]

free 3d capturing software
[JesusHChrist, Dec 31 2012]


this idea is brilliant,

changed my perspective
-- vfrackis, Apr 11 2010

Isn't this the idea behind social media, networking etc.
-- rcarty, Apr 11 2010

This would reinforce one of my worst habits. How can I argue against that? [+]
-- pertinax, Apr 11 2010

[ ] nifty but I'm not sure I like it.
-- FlyingToaster, Apr 11 2010

Scale.  The scale would cause the copies to be normally 8" tall.
-- Mustardface, Apr 12 2010

[+] You could be the Hugh Hefner of action figures! The nonprurient reasons are not quite as interesting at the moment.
-- ShawnBob, Apr 12 2010

I was thinking that a 6' person would wind up 8" tall. I think that's a 6':8" scale. Everyone would be reduced with the same scale.
-- Mustardface, Apr 12 2010

+ very weird, yet somehow attractively brilliant!
-- xandram, Apr 12 2010

I think it would be interesting to get drunk with [Mustardface] and [xenzag]. Unlikely though as they both seem to come from somewhere other than my home planet.
-- wagster, Apr 17 2010

Sounds like rapid prototyping voodoo dolls. Not normally my thing. But if it's quick and doesn't involve days of stalking to get finger-nail and hair clippings, I bet more people would give it a go:O) [+]
-- saedi, Apr 17 2010

Excellent. People with a high opinion of themselves could order large batches of themselves to sell to passers by or online.
-- pocmloc, Apr 17 2010

Some people collect interesting people using candid photography. (I happen to be one of these.) Sharing of 2D images is easy using today's technology but i agree in some instances a model would be *better*!
-- superjohn, Apr 19 2010

Wasn't it The Master who used to shrink people down to doll size and keep them in a cupboard?
-- DrBob, Apr 20 2010

[DrBob] Yes, that shrinking effect used to be his signature attack in the classic Dr Who series.
-- Aristotle, Apr 20 2010

Homies [Link] produces some really colorful people...based on Mexican stereotypes I know, but fun nonetheless. The mexican restaurant across town from me sells them in their vending machine for 50c. I like them because they capture such personality in miniature.
-- ShawnBob, Apr 22 2010

I don't think i like this. It seems to reinforce the momentary interesting facets of people rather than the rich tapestry of spacetime that is a human being. The time to properly Venn the human interaction just isn't there.
-- wjt, Apr 22 2010

You might want to check out "Celebriducks": All to the same 'scale' and they do tend to capture the inner celeb.. ;-)
-- Steamboat, Dec 12 2012

//The Paranoid Schizophrenic from the Coffee Shop//

Good luck getting him into your mysterious scanning apparatus.
-- BunsenHoneydew, Dec 30 2012

A 6' person modeled by a doll 8" tall would be 1:9 scale. For comparison, the "GI Joe" series is approximately 1:6 scale (6' = 12").

It would be like collecting pictures of random strangers, only in 3 dimensions. You would need to obtain a model release from them.
-- whlanteigne, Dec 31 2012

Just walk around with a big plate of silly putty and slam interesting people in the face. They won't mind.
-- Brian the Painter, Jan 01 2013

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