Patrick Jacobs's dioramas provide peeks into a world in which reality is presented in such exquisite detail it begins to look surreal.

The New York-based artist draws from art history and garden pest control brochures alike to create miniscule 3D works of art, viewed through a circular glass lens. Viewers get the impression that they are looking into another realm, simultaneously natural and constructed, familiar and unknown. In a way, we get a taste for a fish's life from inside the bowl.

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Jacobs endows mundane urban scenes with an otherworldly aftertaste, mostly giving an unexpected view of Brooklyn's Gowanus neighborhood. The industrial area, known primarily for the polluted canal after which it is named, looks as if it emerged from a fairy tale, as each blade of grass gains hyperrealistic clarity. This accented portrayal of nature reminds recalls the Parmigianino's 16th century work, "Self-portrait in a Convex Mirror," in which he uses an optically entrancing convex mirror as a symbol for the artist's ability to morph nature's image to his own vision. We also can't help but feel a tinge of Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking Glass" as viewers walk up to a wall and gaze into a window both real and imagined.

Check out Jacobs' imaginative works below, and let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

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  • Interior with View of the Gowanus Heights (Installation View), 2011. Mixed media sculpture. 29 x 21 x 21 inches. Exhibition view American Dreamers, CCC Strozzina, Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze. Photo credit: Martino Margheri.

  • Window with Radiator #2 (Work In Progress), 2010. Diorama viewed through 3 in. window. 18 x 12 x 10 inches. Wood, extruded styrene, acrylic, polyurethane foam, paper, ash, talc, starch, acrylite, vinyl film, copper, steel, lighting, BK7 glass. Image courtesy the artist and Pierogi Gallery.

  • Window with Radiator #2 (Detail), 2010. Diorama viewed through 3 in. window. 18 x 12 x 10 inches. Wood, extruded styrene, acrylic, polyurethane foam, paper, ash, talc, starch, acrylite, vinyl film, copper, steel, lighting, BK7 glass. Image courtesy the artist and Pierogi Gallery.

  • Study for Bathroom Window, 2012. Diorama viewed through 3 in. window. 11.12 x 14.75 x 10 inches.  Wood, extruded styrene, acrylic, polyurethane foam, paper, ash, talc, starch, acrylite, vinyl film, copper, steel, lighting, BK7 glass. Image courtesy the artist and Pierogi Gallery.

  • Living Room Window with Fire Escape, 2010. Diorama viewed through 3 in. window. 18 x 12 x 10 inches. Wood, extruded styrene, acrylic, polyurethane foam, paper, ash, talc, starch, acrylite, vinyl film, copper, steel, lighting, BK7 glass. Image courtesy the artist and Pierogi Gallery.

  • Window with View of the Gowanus Heights, 2012. Diorama viewed through 4.5 in. window. 33.5 x 22 x 24.25 inches. Wood, extruded styrene, acrylic, polyurethane foam, paper, ash, talc, starch, acrylite, vinyl film, copper, steel, lighting, BK7 glass. Image courtesy the artist and Pierogi Gallery.

  • Interior with View of the Gowanus Heights, 2011. Diorama viewed through 5 in. window. 29 x 21 x 21 inches. Wood, extruded styrene, acrylic, polyurethane foam, paper, ash, talc, starch, acrylite, vinyl film, copper, steel, lighting, BK7 glass. Image courtesy the artist and Pierogi Gallery.

  • Window with View of the Gowanus Heights (Installation View), 2012. Mixed media sculpture. 33.5 x 22 x 24.25 inches. Exhibition view Great Photographs: Scape, Hasted Kraeutler Gallery, NY. Image courtesy the artist and Pierogi Gallery.

  • Window with Radiator #2, 2010. Diorama viewed through 3 in. window. 18 x 12 x 10 inches.. Wood, extruded styrene, acrylic, polyurethane foam, paper, ash, talc, starch, acrylite, vinyl film, copper, steel, lighting, BK7 glass. Image courtesy the artist and Pierogi Gallery.

  • Window with View of the Gowanus Heights (Installation View), 2012. Mixed media sculpture. 33.5 x 22 x 24.25 inches. Exhibition view Great Photographs: Scape, Hasted Kraeutler Gallery, NY. Image courtesy the artist and Pierogi Gallery.

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