Flags have always been symbols of exploration and achievement. Throughout history flags have been carried to the highest mountains, to the deepest oceans, and perhaps most famously to the moon.
The Micro Monument was constructed to celebrate scientific work being done in nanoscience and reflect a sense of physical exploration and accomplishment within this landscape.
The Micro Monument flag pattern is a design by The International Flag of Planet Earth Organization. Their goal is to represent all people of earth and be a reminder that we share this planet and should take care of it.
Constructed using dual photon polymerization, this monument is barely visible to the human eye. At 40µm wide it is about half the thickness of the average human hair.
The monument's base, made using the same material and process as in the production of semiconductors, serves as a plaque to display the structure. Engraved on its surface using femtosecond laser ablation are the words, “This flag stands as a monument to scientific achievement at the nanoscale, celebrating the continued interdisciplinary research dedicated to understanding our world.“