Forming a society of those who love miniatures and to promote art from waste has been his desire right from his school days for A. Veerachamy, Sub-Inspector (Law and Order) of Choolaimedu. He also plans to evolve some literature to help students take up the art of developing miniature models.

The man in uniform explains to S. Vijay Kumar how his world of tiny things makes him happy.

The 26-year-old Sub-Inspector of Police sees art in waste. Making miniatures out of matchsticks, toothpicks and chocolate wrappers has been his hobby for years. Amid hectic work, he manages to find time to make tiny replicas of Taj Mahal, Eiffel Tower and other monuments.

Miniature Tiruvalluvar

His latest miniature is a statue of Tiruvalluvar carved out of a small piece of sandalwood (width 9 mm and height 31 mm) to mark the World Classical Tamil Conference.

He brings out designs of his choice on raw materials using pins and blades.

“I don't use magnifying glasses. The work is precise when done in natural light with naked eyes. I show these models to children just to make them understand that art can be derived from any source and there is no limit to creativity,” he says.

With over 60 miniatures, he intends to make more in the days to come and organise exhibitions at schools.

“Students should be encouraged to focus and pursue any field of their choice. Every child has a talent that should be identified and promoted. We have to ignite their minds.”

The man in khakhi says he often gives vent to his anger by making miniature models.

“Art helps you concentrate and deviate from other things in life temporarily. The finished product gives so much happiness that stress or anger gets alleviated. My aim was to become an artist. But family circumstances forced me to join the police force where I am giving my best,” he adds.