What makes us so attracted to miniatures?
Thinking about miniature items, one might consider this small minded, but it prompted me to walk around my home and see how many miniature things I own. I was surprised at how many I found. They are all around the house. From the miniature Buddha that lives on my bedside table to the various other miniature animals, figures and toys that occupy our home.
Do we like miniatures because they satisfy our yearning for possession of physical objects or does it have more to do with their figurative symbolism? Our instincts as humans over aeons have taught us to gather and hoard for our survival. We now also collect a huge array of useless items that give us great pleasure.
Miniaturisation has captured the imaginations of humans for centuries some ancient examples include the incredibly detailed miniature artworks of the Persians and Ottomans.
We love to create smaller versions of all sorts of things from household ornaments to buildings to gardens, animals and miniaturised trees. Sometimes they are simply models but they can also be fully functional. The opposite, creating larger versions seems cumbersome and more of a novelty.
Often miniaturisation increases efficiency. This is particularly true for technology, where miniaturisation of storage and computing capabilities have led to many technological revolutions. Examples include computers, mobile phones, wearable tech and drones.
We are also embracing the miniature in our dwellings by constructing tiny homes. This makes practical sense with our growing population.
I am sure we will see miniaturisation on the nano scale accelerating in the near future. The possibilities seem endless for its application.
Here are some interesting examples:
- Tablet cameras you swallow to film your digestions.
- Miniature railways for a fanciful ride
- Model figures to wage miniature wars
- Miniature drones to fly around your lounge
- Lego bricks and figures to make miniature structures
- Miniature foods
- Tiny landscapes with miniature plants and bonsai trees
- Miniature horses and other animals
- Voodoo dolls to inflict remote torture
- Miniaturised songs into musical moments
Here are some pictures. I hope you enjoyed the miniature journey.