Russian micro miniature artist sculpts 2018 FIFA World Cup trophy on poppy seed

The Tiniest World Cup Trophy

A Russian scientist-sculptor created a minuscule FIFA-themed masterpiece.

Russian artist and scientist Vladimir Aniskin is no stranger to the little things in life. In fact, he makes the little things in life. A few years ago, the Guinness Book of World Records honored him as the creator of the smallest book ever devised: a six-page "volume" so tiny it can't be read without a microscope. Inspired by his native Russia hosting the 2018 World Cup, Aniskin set to work making a facsimile of the tournament's famous trophy: in this case, though, the trophy is carved from a poppy seed.

Aniskin, whose day job entails researching &quot;microflows&quot; of liquids, gases, and heat at the Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics in Novosibirsk, Siberia, created this tiny trophy over the past several months, peering through a microscope and carving a poppy seed with a micro-drill bit. He once <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1382751/Russian-artist-Aniskin-Vladimir-creates-microscopic-masterpieces-sculpting-alphabet-end-single-hair.html"target="_blank">told the Daily Mail</a> that he had learned to slow down his own heart rate in order to stay calm during the ultra-precise work. Kirill Kukhmar/TASS Aniskin, whose day job entails researching "microflows" of liquids, gases, and heat at the Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics in Novosibirsk, Siberia, created this tiny trophy over the past several months, peering through a microscope and carving a poppy seed with a micro-drill bit. He once told the Daily Mail that he had learned to slow down his own heart rate in order to stay calm during the ultra-precise work. Aniskin&#39;s &quot;gilded&quot; FIFA World Cup trophy is just 2mm high, or about eight one-hundredths of an inch. Kirill Kukhmar/TASS Aniskin's "gilded" FIFA World Cup trophy is just 2mm high, or about eight one-hundredths of an inch. Another view of the poppy-seed FIFA trophy. Past Aniskin creations include the Russian alphabet carved into a section of horse hair, and a chess board, with moveable pieces, that&#39;s so small it&#39;s almost invisible to the naked eye. Kirill Kukhmar/TASS Another view of the poppy-seed FIFA trophy. Past Aniskin creations include the Russian alphabet carved into a section of horse hair, and a chess board, with moveable pieces, that's so small it's almost invisible to the naked eye. Another of Aniskin&#39;s World Cup-themed works, from a few months before his poppy-seed trophy: the 2018 Russia World Cup logo painted on a flattened grain of rice, and placed beside a Russian coin to indicate its size. (Note that, compared to the rest of Aniskin&#39;s creations, this qualifies as a monumental piece of art.) Kirill Kukhmar/TASS Another of Aniskin's World Cup-themed works, from a few months before his poppy-seed trophy: the 2018 Russia World Cup logo painted on a flattened grain of rice, and placed beside a Russian coin to indicate its size. (Note that, compared to the rest of Aniskin's creations, this qualifies as a monumental piece of art.) See more of Aniskin&#39;s work — including a &quot;painting&quot; of two dogs, done on an apple seed, that will blow your mind — at <a href="https://theverybesttop10.com/sculptures-by-vladimir-aniskin/"target="_blank">The Very Best Top 10</a>. Kirill Kukhmar/TASS See more of Aniskin's work — including a "painting" of two dogs, done on an apple seed, that will blow your mind — at The Very Best Top 10.