"NanoArt is a new art discipline at the art-science-technology intersections. It features nanolandscapes (molecular and atomic landscapes which are natural structures of matter at molecular and atomic scales) and nanosculptures (structures created by scientists and artists by manipulating matter at molecular and atomic scales using chemical and physical processes). These structures are visualized with powerful research tools like scanning electron microscopes and atomic force microscopes and their scientific images are captured and further processed by using different artistic techniques to convert them into artworks showcased for large audiences." (Cris Orfescu)
NanoArt 21 was founded by artist and scientist Cris Orfescu (www.crisorfescu.com). The purpose is to promote worldwide the NanoArt as a reflection of the technological movement. Orfescu considers NanoArt to be a more appealing and effective way to communicate with the general public and to inform people about the new technologies of the 21st Century. NanoArt is aimed to raise the public awareness of Nanotechnology and its impact on our lives.
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The invention of the electron microscope in the 1930s radically changed how we see and understand the world. Zoom out from an underwater tropical tree and you’ll find it’s actually a human hair, seen at a resolution of one billionth of a meter. Now, with new technology developed over the past decade, a number of scientists — or part-scientists, part-artists — are not only observing the atomic landscape but shaping it, creating miniscule sculptures and other works known as NanoArt. Images from electron microscopes have a distinct 3D negative style that gives the landscape a ghostly fuzz. The images are also black and white, but many artist-scientists add layers of color and then print the images onto canvas or fine art paper.
NanoArt is a glimpse into an unbelievably tiny world that only a small number of scientists have viewed. For the average person, the realm of nanotechnology -- that is, structures smaller than a billionth of a meter -- is as remote and inaccessible as the moon. But nanoartist Cris Orfescu wanted to change that. He created the NanoArt Exhibition to share the beauty of the nano-world with those of us living in the macro-world. Using electron microscopes, scientists capture images of nano-sized landscapes and then colorize them with digital photography software in order to create pieces of art. Although you may be interested in learning what the image is, Orfescu wants the public to see the nano-world independent of its source, for just its simple beauty.
... the molecular landscapes of various materials, where features are measured nanometers, became a preoccupation in recent years... artists face a fundamental hurdle, of course. Nanotechnology is the realm where materials have dimensions of 100 nanometers or less. Since a single hair is roughly 80,000 nanometers wide, nanoscale objects are not only too small to see but too small to photograph with even the fanciest of cameras. It takes devices like scanning electron microscopes to get nanoscale images of any sort. Moreover, since nanoscale particles are smaller than the wavelengths of visible light, the electron images that capture them are studies in gray.
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