Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
Devaluado, 2009
From the series Pinches Pelos
Human hair coated with platinum film and engraved with a focused ion beam, test tube, illuminated electron-microscope duratrans print, metal frame, certificate
33.5 x 19.7 x 2 in / 85 x 50 x 5 cm

The artist’s hairs were engraved with words using a new nanotechnology technique known as “Focused Ion Beam” (FIB). Each engraved hair was photographed with an electron microscope and the resulting backlit transparency mounted on a metal frame. Each print is sold together with a test tube with the hair that is engraved with that unique text. The piece can be exhibited with the certificate from the Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research.

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