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Physics World, June 2016

Nanotechnology Cleans Up.

A European project called Nanorestart is turning to nanotechnology to find novel ways to preserve modern works of art, explains Carolien Coon.

These are just a few examples of the rapid technological progress occurring in modern heritage science, which often feels like a game of cat and mouse when trying to keep up with artists constantly at the forefront of experimentation. Some artists are even creating nano-art directly. Jonty Hurwitz, for example, uses two-photon lithography to print sculptures on the nanoscale. These sculptures perfectly illus- trate what conservators might have to deal with in the future as art and science enjoy increasingly close connections. 

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