In late 2014 Jonty, broke ground in the art world for a second time, releasing a series of sculptures of his first love, made using Nano technology under the title of Trust. The “Nano Sculptures” went viral around the world were seen by an estimated 200 million people, partly through a documentary on Jonty produced by CNN International. This series of Nano sculptures captured the attentions of both the scientific and art community, being cited by journals such as Nature, Scientific American, Popular Science and Phys.org. Jonty was also awarded two Guinness World Records for the works.
Jonty’s first Nano Sculptures were inspired by the nineteenth century marble sculpture of Cupid and Psyche by Antonio Canova, part of the permanent collection of the Louvre Museum, Paris.
The sculptures are so tiny that they are invisible to the human eye, able to be placed on the forehead of an ant. Smaller details of the works are at approximately the 300-nanometer scale, similar to the wavelengths of visible light and are therefore near impossible by the laws of physics to see in the visible spectrum. The only way to observe these works is through a non-optical method of magnification like a scanning electron microscope.
To create these works Hurwitz collaborated with a team of over 20 people, including Stephan Hengsbach of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Yehiam Prior of the Weizmann Institute of Science, an art project centred in the world of academic quantum physics.
In an interview with Beautiful/Decay Hurwitz explains the philosophy behind the works: “As technology starts to evolve faster than our human perception is able to handle, the line between science and myth becomes blurred. We live in an era where the impossible has finally come to pass. In our own little way we have become demigods of creation in our physical world…. The Nano works that I present to you here represent more that just a feat of science though. They represent the moment in history that we ourselves are able to create a full human form at the same scale as the sperm that creates us in order to facilitate the creation.”