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Artist Creates Miniature ‘Tokyo Olympic Games’ Scenes Using Face Masks and Figurines

Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 miniatures Tatsuya Tanaka

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games were postponed last year because of COVID-19, but the highly anticipated Opening Ceremony is finally due to go ahead on July 23, 2021. The event will be the first major global gathering since the global pandemic began. However, with social distancing measures in place, it will look a lot different than previous years. Just 1,000 spectators will be present at the 68,000-seat Olympic Stadium.

Despite public gatherings being kept to a minimum, people at home are still able to celebrate the special event in their own way. Japanese artist Tatsuya Tanaka marked the occasion by sharing Olympic Games-themed miniature art. Tanaka has been making daily scenes from household objects and tiny figurines for almost a decade. His ongoing Miniature Calendar series showcases the artist’s boundless imagination, and his most recent, Olympics-themed works are no exception.

Tanaka cleverly used medical face masks to represent different surfaces and equipment you’d expect to see at the Olympic Games. In one image, he turns a blue mask into a swimming pool by lining up tiny swimmer figurines posed to look as though they’re about to dive in. The folds in the fabric mask even create natural swimming lanes. In another work, Tanaka used a green mask and runner figurines to create a race track scene, and he even managed to turn another mask into a miniature high jump bar.

Check out Tanaka’s Olympics-themed miniature art below. If you’re inspired to watch the Opening Ceremony, live coverage  starts at 8:00 PM in Japan, and 6:55 AM ET / 3:55 AM PT in the U.S.

Japanese artist Tatsuya Tanaka is celebrating the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic Games with sport-themed miniature art.

Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 miniatures Tatsuya Tanaka

The images are part of his ongoing Miniature Calendar series.

Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 miniatures Tatsuya Tanaka

He has been creating a new piece of miniature art every day for almost a decade.

Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 miniatures Tatsuya Tanaka

Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 miniatures Tatsuya Tanaka

Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 miniatures 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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