Nano Art

ibm atoms 1989


In 1989, IBM created the first nano-sculpture created by manipulating individual Xenon atoms via a scanning-tunneling microscope. Later they took this technique to the next level by creating the world’s tiniest movie.

Despite this being an advertisement, it’s still a stunning achievement. Since then, many artists have explored the limits of creativity at the very smallest scales.


The World’s Smallest Sandcastles Built on Individual Grains of Sand by Vik Muniz and Marcelo Coelho


Nano Trek. “Measuring only 8.8 µm, this replica of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701D was “fabricated in one-billionth scale by 30 kV Ga+ focused-ion- beam CVD using phenanthrene gas.”

See more like this at Zyvex Labs.


For all your tiny crap. From the 49th International Conference on Electron, Ion and Photon Beam Technology and NanofabricationBizarre/Beautiful Micrograph Contest (2005)\

TITLE: Chisai Benjo
Description: An effective method of dealing with defects is to find a collection site. 
Magnification: ~15,000X
Instrument: SII NanoTechnology Inc. / SMI2050MS2 

Submitted by: Takahashi Kaito (SII Nanotechnology Inc.)

On a slightly larger scale but still amazing is the pencil-tip art of Dalton Ghetti,



or the mind-boggling sculptures of Willard Wigan:



As we can see, art doesn’t have to be large to be impressive.

The Old Wolf has spoken.

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