Superhydrophobic coating finds a new application in art through [Arthur Carabott] in the form of a bizarre fountain.
A Master’s student in the Global Innovation Design course at the London Royal College of Art, [Carabott] achieved the effect by leaving parts of the laser-cut acrylic untouched by Rust-oleum’s NeverWet Multisurface coating. A 3d printed spigot mounted high above the surface imparts greater velocity to the impacting water so as it hits the acrylic the liquid forms into channels giving the impression of something surreal. Indeed — his design is inspired by the optical illusions of Japanese mathematician Kokichi Sugihara which attempt to realize the impossible artwork of M.C. Escher. The effect is worthy of a double take.
Hydrophobic coatings work by applying a nanoscopic layer to the surface that repels all liquids. Their application can create incredible imagery — like electronics continuing to function despite being submerged in water — so their use in art is a natural outgrowth of this technology.
[via Dezeen Magazine]