Artists etch images of sandcastles on individual grains of sand

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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.

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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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