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Meet The Guy Who Makes Post-Apocalyptic Models Of Montreal Landmarks (PHOTOS)

Ever wondered what La Banquise or Club Super Sexe would look like when the world ends?
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Meet The Guy Who Makes Post-Apocalyptic Models Of Montreal Landmarks (PHOTOS)

If you've ever wondered what certain Montreal landmarks would look like in a post-apocalyptic world, then you'll want to check out Tay Baranec's account on Instagram, where he goes by the handle @apocalypse_montreal.

The 39-year-old Montrealer told MTL Blog he started making models a couple of years ago, but he had more time to spend on the project when the pandemic hit and he lost his job as a cook. 

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Baranec has created post-apocalyptic models of La Banquise, Schwartz's Deli, Club Super Sexe, the Biosphere and more. 

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Asked about his favourite model to make, he said it "might [...] be Namur metro station," mainly because "crashing a metro car and adding all the tiny rubble was a blast." 

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However, Baranec said La Banquise has the most "easter eggs," such as the manhole covers, which are the same "Bell Systems" model you see — and walk on top of — around town.

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Baranec said he's inspired by daily dog walks along graffiti-littered streets, seeing businesses shutter during the lockdown, the long-term projection of a "terminally capitalistic society," and bad sci-fi movies, along with "a whole mess" of other things.

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"The reactions I've gotten so far have been very positive, from graffiti artists thanking me for featuring their work to fans of the places I destroy. [...]  it feels good to know that my work can get people to see the city the way I do," he said. 

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Baranec said he'd like to see his models in a gallery or an exhibition someday, but for now, he's having fun showcasing his work online and getting the occasional commission.

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