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Lilliputian versions of world monuments are coming to Times Square

April 01, 2017 11:30AM

A miniature from Gulliver's Gate (credit: Gulliver's Gate)

A miniature from Gulliver’s Gate (credit: Gulliver’s Gate)

Walking through Times Square can already feel like an expedition. But soon, it really will be like a trip around the world, as 44th Street fills with miniature versions of world landmarks.

Dubbed “Gulliver’s Gate,” named after Jonathan Swift’s 1726 classic (mostly because everything is small), the 49,000-square-foot exposition will be unveiled this week.

Lilliputian versions of international landmarks from more than 100 cities, created by 600 artists, will fill the streets, according to the New York Post. You can witness a bear cause a traffic jam in St. Petersburg, Russia, hear a symphony performance inside a rotating Prague concert hall, or look down on the High Line from a tiny Standard Hotel.

“We really wanted to just build something that excites and amazes people at every turn,” Michael Langer, vice president of development, told the Post. “We really wanted to have a very unique experience where people can look at miniatures, interact with them, experience something you really can’t experience anywhere else.”

The show opens this Thursday, perhaps giving you an actual reason to intentionally go to Times Square. [NYP]Christopher Cameron