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Microscopic Architecture, Built on the Backs of Toy Critters

Like the miniatures sculptors who have affixed tiny residences atop hands and skulls, Japanese artist Maico Akiba builds minuscule worlds as if they've grown from the backs of toy animals. For her Sekai ("World") series, Akiba constructs with wood and acrylic paint tiny dwellings, people, cars, and telephone poles that poke out of dense greenery, creating a microplanet—her pieces appear only a few inches wide—hitchhiking on the bodies of armadillos, platypuses, elephants, pandas, dinosaurs and more. See the incredible detail, below.

· Sekai sculpture by Maico Akiba [Official Site via Laughing Squid]
· All Miniatures posts [Curbed National]