A Tribute to the Winter Olympics by Tatsuo Horiuchi

The 2014 Winter Olympics, was a major international multi-sport event, held in Sochi, Russia, in the tradition of the Winter Olympic Games.  Sochi was selected as the host city in 2007 and saw major renovations to gear up for this international affair, which would bring thousands of tourists to Russia.  It was the first Olympics in Russia since the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991.


Tatsuo Horiuchi is a 74 year old excel spreadsheet artist that has become quite famous via the web after being exposed on a blog last year.  Heard of this before?  I haven’t and was pleasantly surprised when digging deeper into this form of art.


Horiuchi said “I never used Excel at work but I saw other people making pretty graphs and thought, ‘I could probably draw with that.”  About 13 years ago, shortly before retiring, Horiuchi decided he needed a new challenge in his life. So he bought a computer and began experimenting with Excel. “Graphics software is expensive but Excel comes pre-installed in most computers,” explained Horiuchi. “And it has more functions and is easier to use than [Microsoft] Paint.”


This is the result.  He’s created amazing works of art, making him win numerous prizes for his work.  Above is his tribute to the 2014 Winter Olympics.

“Cherry Blossoms of Historical Castle site” (2006) 

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