This is what happens when artists and scientists work together. Here are some photos produced by artist Jonty Hurwitz and nano-scientist Stefan Hengsbach. These beautiful photos are the smallest sculptures of human form in our history.
As a reference, human hair is 10-100 microns in diameter. And, 1 millimeter is 1000 microns. Naked female sculpture in above SEM image is about 80 x 100 micron in size. Just to get a feeling, our finger nail grows about the same size in 5 hours.
Human on eye of a needle
These microscale sculptures seen as SEM images were created using a 3-D printing technique called multi photon lithography where a laser is focused on a photosensitive liquid polymer. The laser light is very intense at the focal point that the polymer can absorb two photons at the same time and makes the polymer solidify.
|Full version of human on human hair|
To create this art, they photographed a female model from hundreds of angles to generate the digital “blueprint” to use in lithography.
|Behind the scene creating the blue print with model|