The Wicked Snow Globes of Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz

Proving that snow globes can be more than just a kitschy souvenir, the work of Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz from their Travelers series (which we first spotted over on 1000 Words), transports the viewer into a bleak, miniature world that’s chock full of strange scenarios tinged with dark humor. Partly inspired by the view from their farmhouse in the highlands of East Pennsylvania, each tiny tableau requires a painstaking amount of work to come to life.

First, Martin and Muñoz — who have been working together since 1994 — search model-making shops for figurines that they then cut up, paint, and reassemble. The other elements that make up their barren, wintry environments are molded out of plumbers’ epoxy and covered in water resistant resin. Water mixed with alcohol (a preservative) is then used to fill the globes. And that’s before they even think about snapping the final photograph.

Click through below to check out a gallery of their amazing work.

Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz, Traveler 257 at Night, 2008. C-Print. 40 x 33 inches. Edition of 5.