May 10 (UPI) -- A big new attraction opened Tuesday in New York City's Times Square -- the largest miniature display of the world featuring landmarks from five continents and 50 nations.
Gulliver's Gate, a 50,000-square-foot display named for the giant in the classic Jonathan Swift novel, features miniature scenes from Manhattan to India's Taj Mahal -- even the Beatles album cover for Abbey Road.
"There's something about miniatures that are just captivating," said Matt Coté, chief technology officer for Gulliver's Gate. "You know, you feel sort of King Kong like, in one sense. And on the other sense, you're captivated by what it must have taken to make that thing and we're hoping that'll happen here. People will say, 'How did they make that?'"
More than 100 designers, artisans and engineers from five continents used 3-D printing, laser-cutting and handmade construction to render the scenes, complete with moving cars and trains. A full city block wide, the project cost $40 million and took 16 months to build.
"We have miniatures that represent some of the world's greatest treasures," said co-founder Michael Langer, "and as you go through you get this really unique experience of seeing the world in a way you've never seen it before."
Admission is $36 for adults and children and $28 for seniors.
Gulliver's Gate has more big plans for this year, including the completion of a fully functioning airport with planes taking off and landing.