Miami-based artist Augusto Esquivel realistically duplicates objects by suspending thousands of sewing buttons on mere strings. Each strand of his incredible sculptural pieces work with their adjacent string of buttons to create colorful replicas of everything, from a basic geometric cube to a stone fountain covered in flowers and spouting water.
Japanese artist Takanori Aiba creates astoundingly detailed sculptures of tiny buildings. The sculptures are inspired by the Japanese art forms of bonsai (miniature trees) and suiseki (stone appreciation). For more photos see Aiba’s Flickr site.
bonsai tree houses by takanori aiba for nearly a decade since the late 1970s artist takanori aiba worked as a maze illustrator for japanese fashion magazine popye. the following decade he worked as an architect and finally in 2003 decided to merge the two crafts—the design of physical space and the drawing of labyrinths—into these incredibly detailed tiny worlds. using craft paper, plastic, plaster, acrylic resin, paint and other materials aiba constructs sprawling miniature communities.