As often happens, someone sends me photographs they think I might like, and I get lost for hours, days and even weeks following the thread of a theme. So this time it’s tiny art and huge art.
Japanese artist Tatsuya Tanaka builds miniature worlds with scenes of everyday life. By combining common objects with an immense library of tiny plastic figurines, Tatsuya produces relatable scenes depicted from a small perspective. Since 2011 he has posted a new display every single day on his Instragram “Miniature calendar” project. Recently he’s included a reminder of our Covid pandemic in his whimsical displays.
I love that London-based artist Slinkachu creates mini worlds right on the street and leaves them after he’s taken a photo. With just a bit of superglue on each foot, the tiny models are ultimately left to find new homes—or fend for themselves. Each close-up display below is followed by the scene in its larger context. It’s not always easy to spot .
Street artist David Zinn creates cute, playful chalk creatures that have been turning up in Ann Arbor, Michigan for many years. He chooses locations that are either unimpressive or easily ignored (cracks, curbs, or pipe covers), and invents interesting ways to incorporate his imaginary friends into the landscape. According to Zinn, “Knowing that the art will wash away in the rain makes it easier to enjoy the process of creating it. There is nothing that needs to be framed or sold or stored away after the drawing is done, and very little planning beforehand to make the art suitable as a permanent presence in the community.”
Alas, I have no info about most of the artists who create these mammoth murals. And I don’t understand how some of them can look so 3-dimentional. But I hope you enjoy the artistry, humor and imagination on display in these images.