It's easy to make a sand castle with sand but not many people can make carved sand castles on a single grain. Artist Vik Muniz and Researcher Marcelo Coelho managed to etch a castle on a granule of sand. The process took four years.
The tiny drawings are half a millimeter in length and are not visible to the human eye. Muniz created sketches of the castles using a camera lucida, an optical superimposition device to turn the image into a projection on a piece of paper. This allowed him to easily trace the minuscule castles. Coelho used a focused ion beam to make the castles on a microscopic scale.
These tiny castles are making a big statement on display at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
Minuscule Carved Sand Castles
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