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Devin Culver recreates the view from his truck in miniature

By on January 1, 2016

“I love being on the highway,” says Devin Culver. “When you’re on the road by yourself, you have a lot of time to think.”

A while back, Culver’s thoughts turned to his growing diecast truck collection and how to display it. A random idea grew into a workable plan, scribbled on a piece of paper. Once he got back home to his new, and nearly empty, apartment in Savannah, Georgia, he began building.

Using standard art supplies, he turned his empty living room into a full-fledged replica of I-95 in Georgia, recreating the area between mile markers 94 through 97. He calls it “Reality Die- Cast” and it possesses a startling attention to detail. The road signs, cars, trucks, greenery, overpass, guard rails and more are painstakingly accurate.

“The die-cast model trucks have so much detail, they deserve more than to collect dust on a shelf,” the artist explains modestly.

A lifelong passion

Homemade-Highway2Culver has been driving for three years, but his fascination with trucks and trucking goes back to childhood.

“I was known in the neighborhood as the little boy with all the trucks,” he recalls. “I got away from collecting in high school, but by my third year of college, started up again. My heart was in trucking. That’s what I loved, so I left college to get my CDL and become a driver.”

Everything he sees on the road funnels into his living room highway, which took him about one month to complete and continues to evolve. The scenery changes with the seasons. New vehicles come in and traffic patterns change regularly.

“I love to move the cars and trucks around to look like real life. You don’t see a vehicle on the highway in the same spot — it moves. I’m interested in the flow and direction of traffic, like the way that, in summer, there’s more traffic on the road,” he says.

Culver then photographs the highway scenes he creates. Most of them look as though they were actually taken by the side of the road, unless an electrical outlet is in the background showing the true scale of the art work. He lavished the same attention to detail on his second project, a replica of a nearby paper mill, and has ambitious plans for his next piece.

“Within the next year I will do a full replica of the TA travel center in Savannah,” he says. “I am super excited and ready to get started.”

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