Amsterdam-based artist Rosa de Jong tries to figure out how spacious a glass tube can be in her recent project “Micro Matter” where she used the scientific instruments as container to house some impossibly small buildings, trees, and other inhabitable structures. Uses traditional model-making materials and her own handcrafted structures, glass tube becomes a small universe for those miniature dwellings. Those inhabits are quite realistic with many details and make you think if miniature world actually exists, it might just loolks like that. You can find more information about the project on Jong’s Behance page and she may eventually start selling some of her pieces online, so be sure to signup for an alert.
Photographer and art director Tatsuya Tanaka has a fascination with all things tiny and in his popular project “Miniature Calendar”, Tatsuya has been stretching his imagination to its limits and created lots of interesting scenes with his tiny people and everyday objects. In his miniature world, barcode becomes jail, a circuit board becomes rice paddy field, brush becomes meadow and pencil lead becomes bullet track in Matrix. Those photos can easily invoke a smile or chuckle as you get the joke and meanwhile make you admire Tanaka’s breadth of creativity. Below are some of your favorites and you can find more on Tanaka’s Instagram page. If you really like Tanaka’s work, you can buy Tanaka’s book “Miniature Life” from amazon.
Two years ago, we have featured the works of U.S. artist Susan Beatrice, who created steampunk animal sculptures from old watch parts, and today we will bring more spectacular works from her. With the environment in mind, the New Jersey-based artist Sue Beatrice, aka All Natural Arts, made those lovely little creatures entirely out of discarded and found objects (gears, sprockets, vintage pocket watches, etc.) You probably will be amazed how many animals can be created from those discarded materials, dragon, cat, mouse, rabbit, crab and so on. All those effort is made to encourage reusing instead of disposing and thereby accumulating waste on a planet that has limited resources. See more of Susan’s work on her facebook page.
“Computer Component Bugs”, is another great example of recycled art, which are beautiful miniature sculptures of winged insects created by UK-based artist Julie Alice Chappell using circuit boards found inside discarded electronics. To build a tiny insect like below, Chappell needs to break down the circuit borads and find propery components based on their pattern then patiently put them together to create vivid bugs. When asked why she used material like that, artist said “The recycled bits of cultural refuse that are woven throughout my work represent a direct encounter with the excesses of modern living highlighting the dangers of planned obsolescence and e-waste in the environment. The work displays an aesthetic beauty whilst offering a socio-political discourse, attempting to reclaim waste and the destruction of the natural world, in the beauty of visual art.”