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Poignant Anti-War Art Makes a Big Statement Using Miniature Objects

Miniature Anti-War Art

As the Ukraine-Russia war rages on, we are watching events unfold in near-real-time. It's heartbreaking and can make anyone feel helpless and sad for those affected. It's why people are protesting, or in the case of many creatives, making art about it. Japanese artist Tanaka Tatsuya is working in his signature miniature scale to create his own anti-war protest in one poignant work of art.

The piece, titled NO WAR, features stacks of paper that have been arranged to look like the levels of a building. But all is not well; a pencil pierces the stack like a missile. Pieces of the building are ravaged and ripped away while a powerline and trees are pushed over from the blast. Among the paper rubble below the stacks is “NO WAR” scrawled atop it. Next to the writing, a soldier hugs his family goodbye.

The powerful message shows devastation on a number of levels. The most obvious is the physical demolition of structures and the surrounding environment. Another is emotional and considers the toll it can have on someone having to say goodbye to a loved one and possibly never seeing them again.

Like all of Tatsuya’s miniature works, the details are just incredible and are a creative way to use everyday objects. Scroll down for more shots of this anti-war piece.

Artist Tatsuya Tanaka created an emotionally powerful piece of anti-war art that shows the devastation of conflict.

Miniature Anti-War Art

Using everyday objects, he shows the physical and emotional tolls of war.

Miniature Anti-War Art

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

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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