The world’s darkest material known as Vantablack, is billed to be on display at the 2018 Winter Olympics, South Korea. An artistic exhibit will be used to demonstrating its fascinating optics.
British architect, Asif Khan will be using the world’s darkest material, Vantablack, to create a visual spectacle at the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. He will be using Vantablack for a building he describes as a “schism in space,”. Visitors will access this as they enter the Olympic Park.

This unimaginably black building will be studded with thousands of tiny lights, like stars against the night sky. According to CNN, Khan hopes that “Juxtaposed against the pristine whiteness of the Olympic Winter Games, his building will provoke a philosophical experience by presenting visitors with a void of infinite depth and possibility.” It will give visitors an opportunity to fully assimilate the optical wracking experience of Vantablack.

Developed three years ago by Surrey NanoSystems, Vantablack is one of the darkest materials ever created. It is so unimaginably black, that you would find it difficult understanding exactly what you are seeing.  It is a material that actually simulates the complete absence of color, absorbing 99.96% of the light that hits its surface.


Original aluminium foil coated Vantablack housed in a clear case for use in education and museums. (Credit: Surrey NanoSystems 2017)


Two research scientists showing an object coated with VBx1 super-black paint. VBx1 is not Vantablack, but it has similar properties (Credit: Surrey NanoSystems 2017)


Vantablack used in luxury watch by, Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps (MCT) Switzerland (Credit: Surrey NanoSystems 2017)


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Vantablack has found a number of applications in aerospace engineering, architecture, consumer electronics, etc. We can say that visitors to the exhibit at the 2018 Olympics, will be in for a memorable experience.

Links: CNN, Surrey Nano Systems

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