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Artist Turns Face Masks and COVID-Related Objects Into Miniature Outdoor Adventures

COVID-19-Themed Miniature Art by Tatsuya Tanaka

For almost a decade, Japanese artist Tanaka Tatsuya has spent every single day crafting miniature scenes made of everyday objects and tiny figurines. His ongoing Miniature Calendar series sees teeny subjects posed in miniature worlds where broccoli is a tree, a thumbtack is a table, and rice balls are mountains. However, ever since the COVID-19 pandemic, Tatsuya has opted for incorporating objects that reflect the “new normal.” In his latest works, disposable face masks, toilet paper, and other health and safety essentials are repurposed as props for miniature outdoor adventure scenes.

In one image, a disposable mask serves as a swimming pool; and in another, descending lengths of toilet paper are transformed into ski slopes. Tatsuya even made a race car out of a thermometer by simply adding wheels. No matter the scene, the talented artist proves he can transform even the most mundane objects into exciting landscapes. The reason for his cute creations? Simply to “to add a little enjoyment to your everyday life.”

Scroll down to check out some of Tatsuya’s pandemic-themed scenes, and follow him on Instagram to see a new miniature landscape each day.

Japanese artist Tanaka Tatsuya crafts daily, miniature art from everyday objects and tiny figurines in his ongoing series,  Miniature Calendar.

COVID-19-Themed Miniature Art by Tatsuya Tanaka

His latest work sees disposable face masks, toilet paper, and other COVID-19-related objects as props for outdoor adventure scenes.

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Tatsuya Tanaka.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.

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