World’s tiniest sculpture smushed by photographer

 

"Trust" (credit: Jonty Hurwitz)
“Trust” (credit: Jonty Hurwitz)

“Honey, I shrunk the sculpture!” That’s what we image artist Jonty Hurwitz shouted after completing his first microscopic artwork. Hurwitz developed a high-tech process called “nano-painting” to craft detailed representations of the human form at a scale nearly invisible to the naked eye.

But, of course, creating very very tiny artworks that can sit in the eye of a needle, or on an ant’s head also means that they are incredibly delicate and really really easy to, ya known, crush.

"Trust" (credit: Jonty Hurwitz)
“Trust” (credit: Jonty Hurwitz)

Unfortunately that is exactly what happened when Hurwitz did what any other proud artist would do after completing a piece — hire a photographer to snap some shots. But little did he know, the photographer would smash his beloved work without even noticing.

“I went off to have the original sculpture photographed so I found a laboratory with an electron microscope and the photographic technology,” Hurwitz told the Daily Mail of his piece “Trust” (in retrospect a somewhat ironic title). “The technician went to change the orientation and then for the next half an hour we were looking for the piece through the lens.”

Ruhr Roh!

“Eventually I noticed there was a fingerprint exactly where the sculpture used to be and I was like ‘Man, you have just destroyed one of the smallest art pieces ever made’. I slightly freaked out.”

Let this be a less to artists everywhere making art that’s too small to see: be careful where you put your clumsy paws.

[Daily Mail] 

 

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