After a decade of working with paint manufacturers, British artist Stuart Temple, creates the world’s pinkest pink color. He makes the color available for everyone except Anish Kapoor, the artist who surprisingly acquired exclusive rights to the world’s blackest black.
In 2014, a company called Nanosystems, fascinatingly created the world’s blackest black called “Vantablack”, which is composed of a series of “microscopic vertical tubes. When the light hits Vantablack, the light deflected inside the tubes, “trapping the light” and making the black color appear surprisingly black. It reportedly absorbed 99.96 per cent of light.
The color was initially intended for military and astronomic purposes, but this had also fascinated the art community, until the Indian artist Anish Kapoor shockingly acquired exclusive rights to it.
In response to this Stuart Temple finished creating the world’s pinkest pink and made it available to everyone at $4.95 per 50 grams unless your name is Anish Kapoor.
Anyone who wants to buy it has to make a legal declaration during online checkout confirming: “you are not Anish Kapoor, you are in no way affiliated to Anish Kapoor, you are not purchasing this item on behalf of Anish Kapoor, or an associate of Anish Kapoor. To the best of your knowledge, information and belief this paint will not make its way into the hands of Anish Kapoor.”
“When I first heard that Anish had the exclusive rights to the blackest black I was really disappointed,” Semple tells The Creators Project.
“I was desperate to have a play with it in my own work and I knew lots of other artists who wanted to use it too. It just seemed really mean-spirited and against the spirit of generosity that most artists who make and share their work are driven by. I thought a good comment would be if I made a paint that was available to everyone but exclude him from using it. That way he can have a taste of his own medicine!”
“I don’t think it’s really very fair! We all remember kids at school who wouldn’t share their colouring pencils, but then they ended up on their own with no friends,” Stuart writes on his website.
“It’s cool, Anish can have his black. But the rest of us will be playing with the rainbow!”
The science behind the pinkest pink is that it’s very reflective and gives off a pink fluorescence.
“The pink already chucks out bucket loads of light but then we made it water soluble so it can be used as a paint and that took it up a notch,” the artist explains.
“Basically, now it pretty much glows. Whilst Anish’s absorbs nearly all light, mine reflects it, kind of the antithesis of what his is doing.”