1. Each of these photographs is of a microscopic castle etched onto a single particle of sand.
2. They are the work of artists Vik Muniz and Marcelo Coelho, who is also an MIT researcher.
3. Muniz would draw a castle and project it through a special prism.
4. 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.
If you’re in Israel, you can check out these ‘sandcastles’ at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
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