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Castles Etched on Grains of Sand

Artist Vik Muniz is known for his gigantic composite installations and sculptures created from thousands of individual objects. In this new collaboration with artist and MIT researcher Marcelo Coelho, Muniz takes the opposite approach and explores the microscopic with a new series of sandcastles etched onto individual grains of sand.
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13 Apr 2014 08:55:00
A view over fields of grain in Spring white chamomile, blue cornflower and other weeds growing amongst the grain sprouts. (Photo by Kacper Kowalski/Panos Pictures)

In his book “Side Effects”, aerial photographer Kacper Kowalski took to the skies to paint a portrait of the complex relationship between humans and nature. From the sky, he captured where nature and civilization collide into aesthetic, abstract colors and shapes. Photo: A view over fields of grain in Spring chamomile, cornflower and other weeds growing amongst the grain sprouts. (Photo by Kacper Kowalski/Panos Pictures)
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04 Sep 2014 08:19:00
Scientists say that a “Martian flower”, seen here in an image from the Curiosity rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager, is a 2-millimeter-wide grain or pebble that's embedded in the surrounding rock. Another, darker-colored mineral grain can be seen above and to the left. (Photo by NASA)

“The scientists behind NASA's $2.5 billion Curiosity rover mission on Mars on Tuesday explained the nature of a tiny, gleaming "flower" embedded in Red Planet rock, and revealed where they'll be using the SUV-sized robot's drill for the first time”. – Alan Boyle via NBCNews.com

Photo: Scientists say that a “Martian flower”, seen here in an image from the Curiosity rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager, is a 2-millimeter-wide grain or pebble that's embedded in the surrounding rock. Another, darker-colored mineral grain can be seen above and to the left. (Photo by NASA)
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16 Jan 2013 11:12:00
An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man uses a stick to to separate the wheat grains in the Ultra-orthodox moshav of Komemiyut May 3, 2016. (Photo by Amir Cohen/Reuters)

An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man uses a stick to to separate the wheat grains in the Ultra-orthodox moshav of Komemiyut May 3, 2016. The harvested wheat will later be used to make the traditional unleavened bread eaten during the Jewish holiday of Passover. (Photo by Amir Cohen/Reuters)
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04 May 2016 11:35:00


Workers use a boat to recover supplies from a flooded grain elevator May 4, 2011 in Caruthersville, Missouri. Heavy rains have left the ground saturated, rivers swollen, and has caused widespread flooding in Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky and Arkansas. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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05 May 2011 07:34:00
Latefat Alao, 56, a ethnic Yoruba Muslim woman, waits for customers in front of her in Beere market in Ibadan, southwest Nigeria, January 29, 2015. Much of the grain and wheat traders like Alao sell comes from the north and Boko Haram's campaign has negatively affected farmers and food markets. (Photo by Akintunde Akinleye/Reuters)

Latefat Alao, 56, a ethnic Yoruba Muslim woman, waits for customers in front of her in Beere market in Ibadan, southwest Nigeria, January 29, 2015. Much of the grain and wheat traders like Alao sell comes from the north and Boko Haram's campaign has negatively affected farmers and food markets. Reuters photographer Akintunde Akinleye photographed Nigerians and asked them about their views on the elections as well as their hopes and concerns for the country. (Photo by Akintunde Akinleye/Reuters)
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12 Feb 2015 12:44:00
A cat receives acupuncture treatment in Shanghai, China on August 21, 2017. Traditional practitioners believe acupuncture of the body can stimulate blood circulation to promote healing and relieve some aches and pains. (Photo by Aly Song/Reuters)

A cat receives acupuncture treatment in Shanghai, China on August 21, 2017. Traditional practitioners believe acupuncture of the body can stimulate blood circulation to promote healing and relieve some aches and pains. (Photo by Aly Song/Reuters)
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26 Aug 2017 08:26:00
A devotee takes a holy bath at the Balaju Baise Dhara (22 water spouts) during the Baishak Asnan festival in Kathmandu April 4, 2015. Devotees believe that the water from these stone spouts, which is collected from the catchment area of the Nagarjun forest behind the spouts, will cure pains and skin diseases. (Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

A devotee takes a holy bath at the Balaju Baise Dhara (22 water spouts) during the Baishak Asnan festival in Kathmandu April 4, 2015. Devotees believe that the water from these stone spouts, which is collected from the catchment area of the Nagarjun forest behind the spouts, will cure pains and skin diseases. (Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)
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04 Apr 2015 10:53:00