Weekend Diversion: The Year In Miniatures (Synopsis)

“I’d rather create a miniature painting than a Taj Mahal of a book.” -Mohsin Hamid

Life is big and intimidating in a lot of ways, but sometimes it's the small things that make us feel the most vulnerable, powerful, fragile or alive. Have a listen to KT Tunstall as she sings her song,

Miniature Disasters,

while you consider the "life-in-miniature" art of Tatsuya Tanaka.

Image credit: Tatsuya Tanaka of Miniature Calendar; original via http://miniature-calendar.com/. Image credit: Tatsuya Tanaka of Miniature Calendar; original via http://miniature-calendar.com/.

By taking everyday, familiar-sized objects and recasting them as props in a creative scene, he manages to express a certain beauty -- or at least forces you to look at that experience in a different way -- to even mundane activities.

Image credit: Tatsuya Tanaka of Miniature Calendar; original via http://miniature-calendar.com/. Image credit: Tatsuya Tanaka of Miniature Calendar; original via http://miniature-calendar.com/.

Go check out the full treatment here for our weekend diversion!

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