Wired has written an absolutely amazing article about the surprisingly cut-throat scene of art supplies. It all started when scientists created a material, Vantablack, so black, any structure made of it appears featureless to eye.
The alignment and density of the nanotubes captures photons from the wee wavelengths of ultraviolet to wide, hot infrared—and all the wavelengths of visible light in between. Then they push that energy out the back as heat. With just the barest fraction of photons that hit the stuff bouncing off, even at a glancing angle, practically none reach a human eye and trigger a human brain. So when you look at something coated in Vantablack, you see a blank. A void. “It’s a nuts material,” Jensen says.
Immediately the art community was intrigued, but prominent artist Anish Kapoor managed to acquire its exclusive rights. The ensuing battle is pretty hilarious and a must read, and has brought us several new colors including a whole new level of pink.
Is this narcissism as the mother of invention?