Artist Creates Miniature Tokyo ‘Olympic Games’ Scenes Using Figurines

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The 2020 Tokyo Olympics were postponed last year due to COVID-19, but the highly anticipated opening ceremony is finally set to take place on July 23, 2021. The event will be the first major global gathering since the start of the global pandemic. However, with the social distancing measures in place, it will be very different from previous years. Only 1,000 spectators will be present at the 68,000-seat Olympic stadium.

Although public gatherings are kept to a minimum, people at home can still celebrate the special event in their own way. japanese artist Tatsuya Tanaka marked the occasion by sharing Olympics-themed thumbnails. Tanaka has been making everyday scenes out of household objects and tiny figurines for nearly a decade. His courses Miniature Calendar shows the boundless imagination of the artist, and his most recent works on the theme of the Olympic Games are no exception.

Tanaka cleverly used medical masks to represent different surfaces and equipment you would expect to see at the Olympics. In one image, he transforms a blue mask into a swimming pool by lining up tiny figurines of swimmers posed to look like they’re about to dive. The pleats in the fabric mask even create natural swim lanes. In another work, Tanaka used a green mask and runner figurines to create a race track scene, and he even managed to transform another mask into a miniature high jump bar.

Check out Tanaka’s Olympics-themed miniature art below. If you’re inspired to watch the opening ceremony, live coverage begins at 8:00 p.m. in Japan and 6:55 a.m. ET / 3:55 a.m. PT in the US.

Japanese artist Tatsuya Tanaka celebrates the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics with sports-themed miniatures.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Tatsuya Tanaka Figures

The images are part of its ongoing Miniature Calendar series.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Tatsuya Tanaka Figures

He has been creating a new miniature work of art every day for almost a decade.

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