Nikolai Aldunin is a Russian artist who has become well-known for his microscopic sculptures made of pure gold. From camels traveling through the eye of a needle to T-34 tanks arranged atop a sliced apple seed, his detailed works must be created with the aid of a microscope.
Aldunin works between the beats of his heart to keep his hands still using superglue, syringes, and toothpicks to create his miniatures. Aldunin offers advice for this line of work: “You must not get into a state of worry. Everything that you feel in your soul is transmitted to your hands.”
A tiny tank on the open face of a sliced apple seed
Gold AK-47 with 34 individual parts on a matchstick
A bicycle on a needle
The writer Leo Tolstoy engraved on a grain of rice
Aldunin at his work space in Moscow