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2005 Photography competition entries

Keith Haring Tribute
Mirco Cantoro: 'Keith Haring Tribute'

Mirco Cantoro
'Keith Haring Tribute'

Fe squares (~5 x 5 µm2 and around 10 nm thick) were patterned onto a Si Substrate using optical lithography. The samples were annealed in NH3 in a Chemical Vapour Deposition (CVD) reactor at around 600°C. As expected, the thin metal layer splits up as the temperature triggers coalescence and causes the formation of "islands". At first sight there is nothing special about this well studied phenomenon, however sometimes nature is full of unexpected surprises, for example miming productions of famous artists.

Keith Haring, one of the most famous 20th century Pop-Art exponents, is best known for his fluid, iconic line drawings of human figures, radiant babies and barking dogs. Haring was fascinated by complex surface patterns and startling colour combinations. The basic, iconic visual language, which characterises his work, can be clearly recognised in this image!

Remarks: the brightness, colour balance and contrast of this photo have been altered.
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