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There's a giant miniature museum being built in the Toronto suburbs

You could say we were a little curious. In this week's newsletter, get a sneak peek at Our Home and Miniature Land.

You could say we were a little curious. Get a sneak peek at Our Home and Miniature Land

Big in Toronto. (CBC Arts)

Hello! You're reading the CBC Arts newsletter, and if you like what you see, stick around! Sign up here, and every Sunday we'll send you a fresh email packed with art, culture and a metric truckload of eye candy, hand-picked by our small and mighty team. Here's what we've been talking about this week.

Hi, art lovers!

Look closer.

Even closer.

Maybe throw your phone under a microscope, if you have one.

Yeah, it's kind of hard to make out, but we swear that is a scale miniature of CBC Arts: Exhibitionists host Amanda Parris hanging with a teeny tiny construction crew...

And leading a parade, Ferris Bueller-style...

And creeping in a locker room?

Remind us to ask her about that...

If there's a better sign that you've made it than becoming a custom Polly Pocket, we don't want to know what it is.

And Amanda's extreme mini-me is the newest citizen of a place called "Our Home and Miniature Land," an unusually large miniature museum that's being built right now in a Mississauga warehouse.

When it's complete, the attraction will shrink every region of the country so it'll fit under one roof, but that won't be for a while. Currently, it's slated to open in Toronto sometime in 2020.

You could say we were a little curious.

(CBC Arts)

We've noticed that stories about tiny art get big love. Just to rattle off a few examples, maybe you remember Tom Brown's The Miniature Kitchen? Or Eszter Burghardt, who blew our minds with micro volcanos and geysers made out of wool? Back in year one of CBC Arts: Exhibitionists, Talwst showed us why he makes tiny dioramas inspired by current events, infinitely complex cultural conversations contained in a ring box. (In the Making caught up with him this fall, incidentally — here's where to watch the episode.)

Poking around Our Home and Miniature Land, the team wanted to know why the museum's construction crew does what they do, and their patience left a massive impression on our producers.

Keep watching the site. A video about that behind-the-scenes visit will be coming soon.

Until then, check out these links about mini works of art.

With 1.6 million fans on Instagram, few miniature artists have a bigger following than Tatsuya Tanaka. His take on miniatures might seem like a pretty standard social media angle — using itsy bitsy figurines, he turns everyday objects from scribblers to snacks into the sets for his clever scenes. But the guy has a seemingly inexhaustible amount of creative stamina. He's been doing this daily for the last seven years!


You had us at snails playing N64. Aleia Murawski's moody dioramas are somewhere between a teenage dream and a nightmare. She's one of our longtime favourites on Instagram. 


Imagine watching the Louvre flood in real time. Given the current state of the planet, stranger things could happen (snails playing Dream Phone, for instance), and this work by Tezi Gabunia directly responds to the Paris floods from earlier this year. It's a kind of spin-off from one of his past projects, Put Your Head into Gallery. Per the title, that one invited people to become works of art themselves; just put your head into a museum replica like you're doing a high-culture version of the Mani Cam, and voila!

You've got to see this

(90th Parallel Productions/Groupe Fair-Play/Canesugar Filmworks)
Quick: what non-religious work has been translated into more languages than any other? - Did you guess The Little Prince? (Did that header image give it away?) In his new documentary Invisible Essence: The Little Prince, filmmaker Charles Officer delves into the way the 1943 book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry has traversed decades and cultures. We caught up with Officer during a screening for a very special audience.

(CBC Arts)

30 Deaf and hearing people put on a unique show — and things got dramatic - That's pretty much the premise behind Scene & Heard, our newest digital doc series. An eye-opening window into an exceptional world, it follows physiotherapy student Aselin Weng and her Deaf boyfriend Giacomo Volpe, neither with any theatre experience, as they attempt to mount a unique theatrical adaptation of The Little Mermaid — in English and ASL. Binge the whole series now.

(Suharu Ogawa)

All shook up - Another month, another new look for the CBC Arts logo. For December, Toronto-based illustrator Suharu Ogawa created this delightful snow globe. Says Suharu: "Although I don't always enjoy wearing 10 layers of clothes, there's something so magical and beautiful about Toronto's snowscape." See the logo in its full animated glory in our Q&A.

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Rafael Sottolichio (@rafaelsottolichio) - It's the opposite of miniature art, at least where the subject matter is concerned. Follow Rafael Sottolichio, a Montreal painter whose most recent work takes inspiration from skyscrapers.

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