23/02/2012 10:52 GMT

A Model Community: Takanori Aiba's Bonsai Trees

Japanese artist Takanori Aiba has built mini communities around bonsai trees fit for the likes of Polly Pocket or The Borrowers.

A former maze illustrator and architect, the designs can take the artist up to a year to complete - unsurprising given the intricacy of each model and the complexity of tending to bonsai trees in the first place.

Made from craft paper, plastic, plaster, resin and paint, Aiba’s teeny models include windmills, lighthouses and a tree house that makes us think of Enid Blyton’s The Faraway Tree.

As explained on Aiba’s site, “Japanese Classical Bonsai Style portraits the beauty of nature in miniature”.

This is all well and good, but we personally think it’s a shame we aren’t small enough to go inside these mini masterpieces and really appreciate them.

The artist is looking to exhibit in the UK, but has not yet made it over. If and when he finally reached our shores would you go to see these models, or are they just too small to be properly appreciated? Let us know in the comments below.