Tiny Heroes Take To The Streets Of London

Tabish Khan
By Tabish Khan Last edited 40 months ago
Tiny Heroes Take To The Streets Of London
Two tiny people take shelter from the rain, with inventive use of a beer bottle lid.
Two tiny people take shelter from the rain, with inventive use of a beer bottle lid.
The superhero theme features an alter ego of the Incredible Hulk. Copyright Roy's People.
The superhero theme features an alter ego of the Incredible Hulk. Copyright Roy's People.
Literal killer heels squash a tiny person.
Literal killer heels squash a tiny person.
Catwoman is the secret identity of this woman out for a stroll. Copyright Roy's People.
Catwoman is the secret identity of this woman out for a stroll. Copyright Roy's People.
A crushed beer can filled with rainwater becomes a swimming pool.
A crushed beer can filled with rainwater becomes a swimming pool.
A police van gets smashed up in a mini riot.
A police van gets smashed up in a mini riot.

We first came across Roy's People at his excellent solo show last year; his mix of delicate craftsmanship and humour won us over immediately, and the affordability of the pieces meant we even bought two. Roy is now returning with a set of new works — some sticking with his original style, others featuring a new superhero twist.

Superheroes continue to be the rage in Hollywood movies, and in his new show Roy brings out the inner heroes of his miniature people, featuring well known characters such as Catwoman, Spider-Man and Batman. Like much of Roy's art, there's an uplifting message: this one is about heroism in everyday acts by normal people who don't wear capes.

There are still plenty of works in Roy's original style, too — one poor person is crushed under a high heel, while a couple uses a beer bottle cap as an umbrella.

Look out for the chance to snag a free miniature artwork: once the show has been open for a week, some of the tiny heroes will be placed on the streets of east London, with clues posted to help you find them. Tread carefully.

Little Heroes: Roy's People is on at Curious Duke, 173 Whitecross St, EC1Y 8JT 17 April-9 May. Entrance is free. To join in on the hunt for a free miniature sculpture, follow @CuriousDuke and @RoysPeople2013 on Twitter.

For more miniature sculptures, see the work of Slinkachu; and for more great art to see, visit our top 10 openings and most talked about art exhibitions in April.

Last Updated 16 April 2015