These Tiny Sculptures Will Blow Your Mind

We have so many questions.

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When you ask Amsterdam-based art director Rosa de Jong about her background in design, she starts by saying that she grew up on a boat in the harbor of Amsterdam, without any access to television. Which explains a lot, actually. With her design studio Micro Matter, de Jong devises her own miniature worlds (no TV influences here), creating incredibly detailed, miniature landscapes inside test tubes.

No detail overlooked. Check out the clothesline!
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Her microscopic works seem to defy gravity, but de Jong insists her tools and process aren't nearly as complicated as they may seem. Recycled cardboard, twigs, and moss are common in her pieces, and tweezers, a knife, a ruler, some toothpicks, and glue are her most important tools, she says. Also, a lot of patience.

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Despite the humble makings, de Jong's Micro Matter designs deliver inspiration in spades. Check out more of her art, below!

You'll need the tiniest climbing gear to get all the way up there.
Race you to the top.
Your very own cliffside estate.
It's small, but it'll do.
We never considered living underground...until now.
Can't begin to understand how small that tent is.
Pretty precarious power lines. Hope there's not a teeny, tiny electrical fire.
The world's smallest skyscraper.
The detailing on those rocks! Wow.

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