Artist Tatsuya Tanaka Has Created Miniature Dioramas Every Day For 10+ Years
There’s something about miniature dioramas that is so fascinating to look at. Breathtaking landscapes and true-to-life scenes depicted in a much smaller scale, we can look at these tiny worlds with intricate details all day. But what’s more impressive is when some of the details are actual small objects used to portray a different thing. Face masks that depict a blue ocean, electronic circuit board as a rice field, peanut hulls as bathtubs, a wallet used as a magazine stand – re-imagining these tiny objects as a bigger thing or scenario is indeed awe-inspiring.
Japanese artist Tatsuya Tanaka is known for his series of miniature dioramas using everyday objects depicted as larger objects that they look similar to. Aside from the examples stated earlier, Tatsuya mostly finds inspiration from food, office supplies, and technology. And reimagines these materials as an integral part of a landscape or scenario, making his creations more impressive than most scaled-down dioramas we’ve seen. The creative artist then completes the scenario by placing mini character figurines to interact with the actual objects. Some of the figures he’s using are pop culture action figures including anime, Marvel, Harry Potter, and Star Wars characters.
Tatsuya has been creating awesome miniature dioramas since 2011 and has been creating a new work each day for seven whole years. He decided to turn his series of creations into a calendar featuring different occurrences viewed from a miniature perspective for each day. Just like a standard calendar, he places the current date on each photo, posts it online, and updates his ‘Miniature Calendar’ daily.
As of this writing, his Instagram page has over 3 million followers and his Facebook page has more than 250,000 followers. His miniature calendar is indeed updated. As a matter of fact, he even made a tribute to the ongoing Tokyo Olympics (dated July 29, 2021) featuring a lady torch bearer lighting up a giant ice cream cone resembling the Olympic cauldron.