Nano sculptures are the same scale as a human sperm
Size matters. Anamophic artist Jonty Hurwitz’s new sculpture series recreates the smallest human form ever at 20x80x100 microns, or roughly the scale of a human sperm. According to Hurwitz’s website, the size of these sculptures approximately equals the amount your fingernails grow every 5 or 6 hours. These tiny art works are too small to be seen by the naked eye!
marking a breakthrough in the capabilities of technology and science in relationship to creativity and craftsmanship, london-based artist jonty hurwitz has created the smallest known, human-shaped sculptures in the world – completely invisible to the human eye. ‘trust’ and ‘cupid and psyche: the first kiss’ span about the same scale as a sperm, and can only be perceived on the screen of powerful scanning electron microscope. how can you ever know that this sculpture really exists? ‘your only way to engage with it is through a screen, and a mouse separating you and the art via a vacuum and a series of mathematically mind-blowing quantum processes that shower the art with particles to map its contours’, hurwitz explains.
the nano sculpture is created using 3D printing technology and a technique called multiphoton lithography, which works to create super-small features within a photosensitive material. ultimately the pieces are created using the physical phenomenon of two photon absorption: ‘art, literally created with quantum physics’, describes hurwitz. ‘if you illuminate a UV-sensitive polymer with ultra violet light, it solidifies wherever it was irradiated in a kind of crude lump. some of you may have experienced a polymer like this first hand at the dentist when your filling is glued in with a UV light. if however you use longer wavelength intense light, and focus it tightly through a microscope, something wonderful happens: at the focus point, the polymer absorbs two photons and responds as if it had been illuminated by UV l