Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

The Smallest Human Sculpture Ever Made

micro2.jpg

We've found some rather incredible artwork that you're never going to see. We're not hiding it or anything, it's just physically impossible for you to look at it - unless you've got an electron microscope to hand.

These tiny (and boy do we mean tiny) human figures are the work of high-concept artist Jonty Hurwitz - a man whose previous work includes mind-bending mirror illusions and broken faces that can only be seen in just the right place. For his latest piece, Hurwitz sought to explore the nature of scale by creating the smallest human sculptures ever assembled - tiny enough to sit inside the eye of a needle or the forehead of an ant. 

Micro art
Micro

To create this miniature statue, Hurwitz hired an advanced photography lab in Sussex, surrounding a model with over 20 high definition cameras to capture her pose in exacting detail. Having created this '3D scan', or as Hurwitz puts it, compiled his "digital clay", he teamed up with researchers at the Institute of Microsctructure Technology at Germany's Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. There, the sculpture was built with a process called multiphoton lithography - a fiddly business that involves compiling nano-scale structures using light. 

Given that the sculpture is too small to be seen with the naked eye, it presents viewers with a challenge. Even Hurwitz was sceptical when the work was delivered: fearing he'd been conned by the researchers, he had to buy his own high powered microscopes to see if they had actually sent him anything. "Can you be sure of its existence if your basic senses are telling you that nothing is there?", says Hurwitz. "The line between myth and science is fine. To celebrate this, I have based these sculptures on the beautiful myth of Cupid and Psyche."

Measuring 80 x 100 x 20 microns, you can see the sculpture 'Trust' and it's larger partner (100 x 90 x 100 microns), 'Cupid and Psyche', in the images below.

Micro
Micro
Micro

(Images: Jonty Hurwitz)

[Via: CNet.com]

Related

asia5.jpg

Awesome Art Inspired By Eastern Cinema

nike4.jpg

Quirky Spiralling Nike Sneaker Art

dead4.jpg

Chilling Walking Dead Posters

anderson14.jpg

Superb Artistic Tribute To Wes Anderson

canvas.jpg

Gorgeous Animated Music Video Uses 3,454 Oil Paintings

building9.jpg

Winners of the Architectural Photography Award 2014

Comments

More

Watch Bradley Lowery’s classmates come together to sing for him

We're not crying, you're crying

by Tom Victor
23 Jun 2017

Science finds that couples that spoon have a better relationship

Wonder what this means for duvet hogs...

by Carl Anka
23 Jun 2017

Boys with older dads are more likely to be geeks, study shows

Now you know who to thank/blame

by Dave Fawbert
23 Jun 2017

You can now buy IKEA furniture on Amazon Prime

This is big

by Gary Ogden
23 Jun 2017

David Dimbleby kicked someone off 'Question Time' for being rowdy

Rock 'n' roll politics

by Carl Anka
23 Jun 2017

Jeremy Corbyn overtakes Theresa May for first time in PM poll

Everything's coming up Corbyn

by Alex Finnis
23 Jun 2017

Some people aren't happy about Grenfell Tower survivors' new homes

Residents lost their homes just last week

by Tom Victor
22 Jun 2017

Boys turn up to school dressed in skirts to protest shorts ban

That's one way to do it

by Carl Anka
22 Jun 2017

The Daily Mail is hilariously losing its rag over a Guardian cartoon

They've gone full breakdown

by Dave Fawbert
22 Jun 2017

Similar cladding to Grenfell Tower being used on 600 other high rises

Sadiq Khan has called for all of it to be removed

by Dave Fawbert
22 Jun 2017