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LOOK: This artist makes impressive Olympic miniature art using face masks

By SAAB LARIOSA Published Jul 28, 2021 2:58 pm

In future history books, we’ll probably always associate the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

With health protocols such as crowdless events and social distancing in place, the pandemic has undoubtedly spun a new kind of Olympics this year’s—and just as always, art imitates life.

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Japanese miniature artist Tatsuya Tanaka proves just that with his new collection of Olympics-themed figurines with a distinct set piece: surgical masks. His new collection utilizes the classic blue masks in ingenious ways like using the folds as swimming lines, towering volleyball nets, and more.

Tanaka is no stranger to the painstaking process of creating miniature art, as he's gone on to say that he makes one tiny piece each day. Aside from surgical masks for this Olympics, he also uses every day objects like iPhones, combs, and even food to complete his masterpieces.

Check out his Olympics collection below:

Other Tanaka's other creations can be found at

Photos from Tanaka Tatsuya