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Artists take on nanotechnology

A new art movement called NanoArt has been launched, the founder of which, Cris 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.” Hey, whatever works.

The winner of their 2006 art contest, Darcy Lewis, explains the goal of the winning entry:

The whole universe is made up of nano building blocks, including man ourselves. This picture, which is made of built-up sheer layers of nano and other images, mixed with paint, shows the profound impact of the nano world on our macro lives, our planet, and our universe. Nanotechnology will dramatically reshape our lives, with amazing medical and economic benefits, however, we must strive to focus on its unimaginable positive benefits, and curtail the weapons and negative applications it can also be used for.

That sounds familiar. It’s great to see the message reaching new communities. (Credit: Kenneth Russo, Jr.) —Christine

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