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Amazing ferrofluid sculpture

The ferrofluid, with its smooth, black surface that seems to draw people in, reaches the top of the tower, spreading like a fractal, defying gravity.*

It may sound like something out of a William Gibson novel and look like a piece of alien weaponry, but rest easy: it’s only human art. Created by Japanese artists Sachiko Kodama and Yasushi Miyajima, “Morpho Towers – Two Standing Spirals” is a shining example of kinetic ferrofluid sculpture.

A ferrofluid is a liquid such as oil or water in which nanoscale ferromagnetic particles are suspended. In this sculpture, the two standing spirals contain an electromagnetic core which hypnotically animates the ferrofluid as if it were a living creature. The beautiful geometric spikes are formed by the magnetic field lines, altering in size and shape depending on the strength of the magnetic field.

To make things even more interesting, the current flowing through the electromagnet is controlled by the music – when the music falls silent, the ferrofluid creature loses all shape and falls away.

A truly mesmerising synergy of music, art, science and technology.

*Quotation taken from the artists’ summary. Read it here.

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