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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
Nature on My Doorstep, finalist. I Want That Pomerade Grain by Biagio Alberto Scalia, taken in national park of Circeo, Latina, Italy. (Photo by Biagio Alberto Scalia/REDISCOVER Nature/EEA)

A praying mantis, a huddle of butterflies, Galician horses and an alpine sunset are the winners of this year’s European Environment Agency’s “Rediscover Nature” photo competition. Here: Nature on My Doorstep, finalist. I Want That Pomerade Grain by Biagio Alberto Scalia, taken in national park of Circeo, Latina, Italy. (Photo by Biagio Alberto Scalia/REDISCOVER Nature/EEA)
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20 Nov 2020 00:03:00
In this photo taken Saturday, September 23, 2017, a mouse is cooked on a fire after being caught in a cornfield in Chidza, Masvingo Province, Zimbabwe. Considered a delicacy, the field mice are hunted in cornfields where they have grown plump on the grains, grass and wild fruits. (Photo by Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP Photo)

In this photo taken Saturday, September 23, 2017, a mouse is cooked on a fire after being caught in a cornfield in Chidza, Masvingo Province, Zimbabwe. Considered a delicacy, the field mice are hunted in cornfields where they have grown plump on the grains, grass and wild fruits. (Photo by Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP Photo)
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02 Oct 2017 08:20:00


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
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
Rice seedling festival is a traditional folk festival in longji, guangxi, China on June 9, 2019, during grain in ear season. (Photo by Costfoto/Barcroft Media)

Rice seedling festival is a traditional folk festival in longji, guangxi, China on June 9, 2019, during grain in ear season. (Photo by Costfoto/Barcroft Media)
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21 Jun 2019 00:01:00