Tippin' the Scales

Sand Castle

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Friend Mitchell (is moving) tells regularly of the sand sculptures which are build in front of his home in Spain.

These guys tell their story of how they carve a castle in a single grain of sand.

Brazilians artists Vik Muniz and Marcelo Coelho have visualized a monumental project on a microscopic scale: the two have etched grandiose castles onto the surface of individual, miniscule grains of sand.

Reversing the traditional notions of these fortresses being built in three dimensions from the sand itself, Muniz and Coelho instead reinterpret the term ‘sandcastle’ by intricately carving the form directly onto a single grain. With a canvas of just a half a millimeter in length, the precise portrayals are naked to the human eye, created with the use of a focused ion beam and scanning electron microscope, and are later blown up as four-feet-wide macro photos, which describe the elaborate detail in high quality.

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Author: Peter

I'm a man from Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

One thought on “Sand Castle

  1. Very clever. It reminds me of those tiny hand written books that could only be read with a strong magnifying glass.

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