The Tiniest Sandcastles In the World: Etched On A Single Grain of Sand

Most sand castles require millions of grains of sand, but these microscopic masterpieces require only one. Artists Vik Muniz and Marcelo Coelho have found a way to etch awe-inspiring castles measuring less than half a millimeter in length onto a single grain of sand. A complete 180 from Muniz’ previous works that were massive drawings that required a birds eye view from a helicopter to realize, he wanted to make something that was “miniature and monumental.”

Torn Up Magazines Become Classic Art

vik muniz Starry Night, after Van Gogh

Using the torn pages of old magazines, Brooklyn-based artist Vik Muniz recreates classic paintings in a pointillist style. From afar it would be hard to tell that these pieces are not actually by their original artists- Van Gogh, Cézanne, Edouard Manet, Mary Cassatt, and Caravaggio- but as you look closely you can see the faces and objects from the pages of the magazines. Originally from Sao Paolo Brazil, Muniz keeps art interesting using unexpected tools like puzzle pieces, thread, jam, chocolate, ketchup, dust, toys, pigments, and sugar to create unique pieces. I would imagine seeing one of these up close in person would be even more magnificent. Muniz has had his work on exhibition all over the world, even showing at the MET and Whitney Museum in NYC.