Art: Luxembourger hobbyist Wuppes makes detailed 3D reproductions of classic video games… in paper, cardboard and foam rubber.
A Luxembourger hobbyist is making an international name for himself with his original and detailed pieces of art. For the past year and half “Wuppes” has been making faithful 3D dioramas of classic video games. Delano spoke with the father of two, whose “real” identity is Alain Wildgen, a communications technician at Post Luxembourg who grew up on an ostrich farm.
Cutting out the individual boxes with a scalpel from the paper and sealing it together with adhesive was very time consuming; about 30 hours for the planning and crafting.
Now I had my Mario picture hung in the party room [in the cellar] and thought: ‘So, what can I do next?’ Immediately, I had the map of Zelda A Link to the Past in my head. I tried it at first with thin cardboard for the layers, which, however, was not good at all… it was very inaccurate in cutting out with the scalpel. So I started looking in a craft store, Cactus, for better material and came across the Moosgummi foam rubber paper by Rayher. This is a kind of sponge paper and is very precise when cutting with the scalpel.
After finishing the Zelda map, I was motivated to do more dioramas of my favourite childhood games. So I got started.
AG: What is your inspiration and how do you get started?