Artists etch images of sandcastles on individual grains of sand


Working jointly with MIT researcher Marcelo Coelho, artist Vik Muniz proves no surface is too small upon which to create works of art. Using a Focused Ion Beam (FIB) that can carve lines 50 nanometers wide (a human hair is approximately 80,000- 100,000 nanometers wide), Muniz embarked on a project in which he etched images of sandcastles on individual grains of sand. This painstaking process took him 4 years to master. What you see below are enlarged images of his work.



Watch the following video to learn more about the artists and the creative process involved in making these nano-sized etchings:

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