World and Science / twitter.com
Jill Layton
April 01, 2017 8:52 am

Optical illusions are wild. But this one might be the wildest one we’ve seen. A newly developed color called Vantablack might be the coolest color ever. But it’s actually illegal to use it.

British company Surrey NanoSystems created the color specifically for the military. The company calls it “the darkest man-made substance.” It’s literally the blackest material to ever exist. Furthermore, Vantablack absorbs nearly all light. Additionally, it even makes three-dimensional objects appear flat. 

So trippy, right?

The company gave out a few samples of Vantablack for educational purposes. But other than that, it’s impossible to get your hands on it.

You can find the color at Harvard’s Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies’ Forbes Pigments Collection. It’s a collection of around 2,500 synthetic and organic pigments. The center helps conservators, curators, and students study art.

But Vantablack’s material isn’t a traditional pigment.

Furthermore, he added:

It’s hard to even fathom how people make this pigment. Let alone how the color absorbs light.

As cool as it is, don’t plan on ever seeing much of it. Because only one person in the world has the right to use it. Sculptor Anish Kapoor negotiated exclusive artistic rights to Vantablack S-VIS. That’s a spray form said to be the world’s blackest paint. 

It must be a pretty cool feeling for Kapoor to be the only human being allowed to use a specific color in his artwork. But we can’t help but think other artists might be having some serious FOMO.

Check out a video Harvard put together explaining Vantablack:

Vantablack is clearly the new black.

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