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Hostage / Frederik De Wilde

The blackest black of all time—“Hostage” by Frederik De Wilde (BE) is the world’s blackest painting. Its surface consists of carbon nanotubes that almost completely absorb light and transform it into heat. Thus, its optical characteristics let this material set the benchmark standard, something akin to what the atomic clock did to precision timekeeping.

 

credit: Frederik De Wilde

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Taken on June 8, 2009