Oh, and don't get us wrong, he can scale it up and make the big stuff, too:
We don't even want to know how he made the glass.
Barack Obama is his own posse.
Those portraits of Barack Obama (who somehow makes his second appearance in this list of tiny art subjects) would look like nothing but specks or grains of sand if you held them in your hand -- the image up there was generated with an electron microscope.
What's the point of making art so tiny that you'd have to Honey, I Shrunk the Kids anyone who wanted to see it? We'll let the world's philosophers answer that question. In the meantime, NanoArt, art so small that you can't see it with the naked eye, is the newest thing in ... very small visual media, we guess? As for the image you see above:
"The smallest presidential portrait by far, each image is composed of [about] 150 million carbon nanotubes, roughly representing the number of votes cast in the 2008 presidential election."
If 150 million nanotubes sounds like a lot, keep in mind that all of them together still make a face that's only about 10 times the width of a human hair. Here's a very simple explanation of how it was made:
Can you tell those are fingers holding up that plate of tiny Obama heads? CAN YOU?
And here's a picture of some NanoArtists at work:
This is a whole genre of art, by the way, using all sorts of chemical processes to get cool-ass sculptures that microbes can gather around and enjoy. Below are "microfibers attached to a substrate that twist together upon evaporation of a solvent that they were immerged in."
If you squint, they look a little like puckering anuses.
As amazing as that (presumably) is, all we can imagine is a fly swooping down and accidentally eating the whole thing.
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