By Joshua Howgego
There’s a big fight in the art world. The debacle began with sculptor Anish Kapoor, who among other things, was a designer of the ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture that writhes in the skyline of London’s Olympic park. Kapoor is known for portraying holes and voids in his work, so when he heard about a company that claimed to have developed the blackest black, he wanted a piece of the action.
Vantablack is a material made of carbon atoms fashioned into tiny tubes that form a sort of nanoforest, which absorbs more than 99.96 per cent of light that enters it. Luckily for Kapoor, its developer, Surrey NanoSystems, was keen to work with an artist, but just one, because it is a small outfit and Vantablack still needed further development to be a practical artistic material.
So in 2014, the
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