The Microscopic Art of Nikolai Aldunin

How many camels can fit through the eye of a needle?

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

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  1. Posted July 3, 2013 at 2:52 am | Permalink

    i’m like this micro arts

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