Title: Ecruteak City
Date Completed: May 2016
Design: Lord Libidan
Video Game: Pokemon
After playing with a miniature arcade cabinet that tested my small plastic canvas creations, I wondered just how small I could go. I settled on trying the smallest scale possible, make one cross stitch one meter (or 1:500 scale if you’re interested).
I’ve been throwing a lot of ideas around following a trip to Japan in late 2014, and I started by making a torii gate. I left it unfinished and when I went back I started putting pieces together and thinking ‘oh, maybe a tree would look good’, etc. It eventually evolved from there, and it turned into the Pokemon Ecruteak City.
Ecruteak City is actually different in the anime, manga, and games, and so this is a combination of a series of images and videos to make the most generalized city. The bell tower (tin tower originally) is the main feature of the city, designed in the traditional way, with accurate angles, which has 9 floors with purple roofs, complete with a golden stand on top, which is meant to draw the legendary Pokemon Ho-oh to it. The opposite side sits the ill-fated burnt tower, with only 2/3 floors left, where the legendary Lugia used to reside. Both are on raised land masses to add to their height, which is shown in most iterations of the city.
You can also find a Pokemon center, gym, PokeMart, zen garden, two red bridges, a pagoda, cherry tree, a blank house tile (which has always featured in both games and anime, I have no idea why), and trees surrounding the whole city.
It’s 3.5″ by 3.5″, and 4″ tall.