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Thursday, April 3, 2014

These Incredible Drawings Are Etched Onto Single Grains Of Sand

Artists Vik Muniz and Marcelo Coelho have turned the concept of sandcastles upside-down.


Each of these photographs is of a microscopic castle etched onto a single particle of sand.


Each of these photographs is of a microscopic castle etched onto a single particle of sand.


Vik Muniz, Marcelo Coelho / Courtesy of Sikkema, Jenkins & Co. Gallery


They are the work of artists Vik Muniz and Marcelo Coelho, who is also an MIT researcher.


They are the work of artists Vik Muniz and Marcelo Coelho , who is also an MIT researcher.


Vik Muniz, Marcelo Coelho / Courtesy of Sikkema, Jenkins & Co. Gallery


Muniz would draw a castle and project it through a special prism.


Muniz would draw a castle and project it through a special prism.


Vik Muniz, Marcelo Coelho / Courtesy of Sikkema, Jenkins & Co. Gallery


Then Coelho would trace the drawing onto each particle using a Focused Ion Beam. Each line etched is only a tiny fraction of the width of a human hair.


Then Coelho would trace the drawing onto each particle using a Focused Ion Beam. Each line etched is only a tiny fraction of the width of a human hair.


Vik Muniz, Marcelo Coelho / Courtesy of Sikkema, Jenkins & Co. Gallery




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