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.

First Tiny

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 .

I bet you can’t find the workers in this image, but they’re there.

Here are other images from Slinkachu.

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.

Many thanks to Brenda for getting me started on both the tiny and the huge art. And to Jen C. and Colossal and Bored Panda.









23 thoughts on “Tiny Art, Huge Art

  1. So glad you liked it, Bob. I’ve always wondered, if I respond to a comment if the person ever sees it, so please let me know if you get any kind of notice about it. 🙂


  2. There are some amazingly talented people out there with a delicious sense of humour that make the rest of us wonder where their wonder comes from. Thank you artists and Dusky Pierce for sharing.

  3. I love this kind of art, whimsical yet very well done, I always wonder how these artists can do this beautiful and imaginative!

  4. Amazingly imaginative, wonderful works of art… the microscopic or the macroscopic world view: which is grander I wonder?!!

  5. I agree with all of the above comments but have never thanked you before. So…THANK YOU for sharing all the wonders – yours and those of other incredibly creative people.
    Cathy from Maryland

  6. I always look forward to and enjoy your selection of art and various photos. I only wish they were more frequent. Thank you for sharing them with us.

  7. Wondersite has earned its name once again! This is a superb collection bursting with creativity.

  8. Wonderful, amazing, whimsical, beautiful, thoughtful, glorious, and ingenious. These are only a few words to describe the imaginations and talent of the artists. Thank you so very much for letting us share the images.

  9. Wow!! !Absolutely incredible.What wonderful imagination.Thank you for sharing.

    Chris from Dennis USA

  10. just wonderful. new ways at looking at the overlooked.ignored, and undervalued. thank you.

  11. Jack, yes it would be great to know more including location and in the case of the street murals who painted them. Oh well, I pass on what I know…

  12. Humans are so amazingly creative in so many different ways. Just think what the world would be like if everyone was encouraged to explore their talents and didn’t have to expend so much energy on surviving. Your collections of photos are wonderful and uplifting. Thank you.

  13. Have loved and been inspired by your posts for years? now – this last shoeing reactions to chalk people is a great covid antidote!!! Thank you.

  14. We really enjoyed the laughs while looking at the art. We are amazed at the skill and patience it took to create such wonderful art. THANKS TO ALL for sharing~>!

  15. Ditto to Ed Frenchy’s comments above. I just found this series of wonders. Again, thank you so much for sharing.

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