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Looking out for the little people in Weymouth and Portland
RESIDENTS launched a miniature manhunt after a visiting artist came to Weymouth and Portland.
Roy Tyson, pictured on the right, creates artworks of little people carrying out tasks in a full-sized world. He hid five of his tiny figures around the borough for locals to find and keep.
Each one was given a name and had a tag for its new owner to report on Facebook when they had been found.
Darren Smith and his sons Leon and Declan, aged ten and five, of Wyke Regis, found one of Roy’s People at Portland marina.
Mr Smith said: “We love our figure, she’s called Liz.
“It was good and made an interesting weekend.
“It’s a shame Roy’s didn’t do more figures and more people got to know about it, it’s a good fun idea he’s got.”
Lisa Wilms, a student paramedic from Portland, aged 38, found another figure at Easton Gardens.
She said: “I heard about it on Facebook and I thought it was a really nice idea.
“It’s a lot of fun and brings out the kid in you.”
Mr Tyson, aged 26, from Stanford-le-Hope, Essex, said: “My brother had hired a holiday home in the area for the week so I went down for a break and thought it would be a fun thing to do in Weymouth and Portland.
“I’ve been doing the little people for about a year, but I’ve only been putting them on the streets for around six months. They’ve been quite popular.
“I did five over the weekend and all have been found. Four were found by local people which is what I wanted, it’s all about local people.
“The idea came about because I wanted people to get to know me.”
He added: “It involves kids and family, it’s something anyone can take an interest in.
“They are made of plastic. I buy them and then paint them so each one is an original piece of art.
“I attach a little tag which gives each character a name and a story and is signed at the bottom.”
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