Tanaka Tatsuya Transforms The Mundane Into The Magical

Tanaka Tatsuya approaches each day with a challenge in mind: to see mundane items in a new way. Maybe that broccoli is actually a mystical forest, or that discarded water bottle a submarine. This ever-evolving view of everyday objects has become a daily labor of love for over three years.

Since then, Tanaka Tatsuya has created miniature dioramas out of food, trinkets, and other everyday items and posted them to his ‘Miniature Calendar’ online project. When asked about the inspiration for such a project, Tatsuya responded; “Everyone must have had similar thoughts at least once.”

Tanaka Tatsuya has maintained the level of imagination and love of play that most of us lose as we venture into adulthood. His miniature dioramas let us steal a glimpse at what we have left behind:

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Tanaka Tatsuya Aquarium

A day at the aquarium seems much more peaceful for these little people. No crowds to be fought here!

Tanaka Tatsuya Attack On Titan

The Japanese anime hit plays out here on a whole new level. Do the Titans become more or less menacing as adorable gigantic babies?

Beer Surfer

Catching a wave would have completely different connotations if this was how we really surfed.

Coke Surfer

Here is the less adult version of the surfing diorama shown above. Here, you are more likely to suffer from caffeine withdrawals than a hangover.

Tanaka Tatsuya Gravestone

The Grim Reaper waits to take you to your miniature final resting place.

Tanaka Tatsuya Machu Picchu

These Incas at Machu Picchu could always stop for a quick bite to eat if they get too tired working on their impressive monument.

Tanaka Tatsuya Mountain Fold

Precariously teetering at the top of a folded mountain … one false move and the paper cut received from the slide down will be excruciating.

Tanaka Tatsuya Seven

Not sure if this one is named for the shape of the straw or for the day of the week it fell on, but ‘Seven’ brings together a couple of lovers under the cover of night.

Tanaka Tatsuya Suspension Bridge

Even in this tiny world, people will fish off of any bridge they can find. Hope none of the traffic gets too close; that looks like a significant drop.

Tanaka Tatsuya Tape Cutter

Engineering is an important part of any sized society. When you’re this small, tape can make for the perfect window material.

Tanaka Tatsuya UFO

These three will have stories to tell if they ever make it back from this alien abduction. Someone call Mulder and Scully … this seems like an X-File.

Tanaka Tatsuya Apollo

A fun depiction of the Apollo moon landing. “One small step for man…”

Tanaka Tatsuya Bottomless Swamp

There are probably few things that would be harder to escape than a bottomless swamp of peanut butter! That SUV never stood a chance.

Tanaka Tatsuya Dangerous Toilet

When you have to go, you have to go, even if you find yourself in the hot seat.

Tanaka Tatsuya Apartment

Virtual housing now available! It usually costs more to be so trendy.

Tanaka Tatsuya Lighthouse

Shady dealings happen at night, under the candle’s glowing light!

Tanaka Tatsuya Piano

Electric keyboard, or something more sinister? Mom’s about to start the lesson, but Jr. seems unsure.

Tanaka Tatsuya Pistachio

Pistachio egg pods on the surface of the moon? Maybe there is more truth to the movie “Alien” than we had originally thought.

Tanaka Tatsuya Submarine

Is this reminiscent of Sean Connery and crew on top of the Red October? Or maybe it’s Kelsey Grammar in Down Periscope? We’ll let you be the judge.

Tanaka Tatsuya Sumo

In thousands of years the regal sport of Sumo wrestling has not had a uniform change. Maybe the time has come.

Tanaka Tatsuya Sunflower

Eliza Doolittle doesn’t need to worry about the rain in Spain on this lovely sunflower-filled day.

Tanaka Tatsuya Swan Lake

The elegance of "Swan Lake" without anyone worrying about getting wet; not even the swans who are probably hoping for some real water.

Tanaka Tatsuya Tornado

This tornado looks as if it has appeared in a region that would be much more known for hurricanes. We’re really not in Kansas anymore!

Tanaka Tatsuya Waterfall

Danger abounds with unexpected clinginess in this super absorbent waterfall.

Tanaka Tatsuya Weightlifting

Keep on working, little guy, it’s going to take a lot of blood, sweat, and tears if you are ever going to look like your buff buddy over there.

Phenomenal Nontraditional Sculptures And The Artists Who Make Them

Nontraditional Sculptures Paper Triptych

It looks like porcelain… but it isn’t. Source: Oddity Central

Artists are those daring individuals who try to make a living out of pushing boundaries and challenging—and hopefully changing—our tastes. In the artist’s endless process of borrowing, blending and creating, art and its respective mediums always evolve, adapting to the times and interests of their creators and viewers alike. Nowhere is this more evident than in sculpting. While materials such as marble remain favorites among sculpting traditionalists, many others use bizarre and innovative materials and have crafted true masterpieces with them.

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Nontraditional Sculptures Long Head

All of Li Hongb’s flexible sculptures are actually made from paper. Source: Blogspot

At first glance, Li Hongbo’s artwork appears to be made out of traditional materials such as marble or porcelain. However, when the artist gets a hold of his solid structure, he begins to stretch the piece in uncanny and bizarre ways. It leaves the brain confused over what exactly it is seeing. One of sculpture’s defining features is that it, like a rock, remains superficially unchanged over time, right?

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Long Ma: La Machine’s Massive Fire-Breathing Dragon

Imagine driving to work in the morning, only to run into a massive mechanical dragon walking through the city streets to its own theme music. That’s what happened to the people of Nantes, France, who were greeted by the sight of Long Ma, a fire-breathing mechanized dragon sculpture. The huge yellow dragon weighs about 46 tons—more than the weight of eight elephants—and measures in at about 40 feet tall. The incredibly lifelike sculpture was created by none other than the talented French designer François Delarozière and his team La Machine.

Mechanical Dragon in France

Source: Europe1

La Machine Latest Project in France

Source: Twitter

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Mexico City Artists Highlight Death’s Lighter Side Through Cemetery Cartoons

In efforts to foment creative activity in Mexico’s capital city, local artists have taken to an unlikely canvas: the gravestone. Through light animation, these artists turn death and its typical associations–the somber and morose–and turn them on their head, suggesting that death is not life’s end but another vibrant part of its continuation.

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