oobleck, a non-newtonian fluid made with cornstarch and water - burning man 2007

Oobleck, a non-newtonian fluid made with cornstarch and water

The artists who created this installation are Alex, Mary, and Max.­

Corn strarch and water (plus some optional green food coloring) creates a strange thick non-newtonian fluid called Oobleck. When stress is applied to the liquid it exhibits properties of a solid, i.­e.­ its viscosity increases tremendously.­ A hammer will bounce on it, but you can sink your hand into it with no effort if you do it slowly.­ it's really fun to play with, and you can do the mix in your kitchen! (i discovered the strange properties of this mix when i was a kid, playing in the kitchen).­

Check this very amusing video showing what you can do with a pool filled-up with this liquid.­ Just like Jesus, you can walk on the liquid!

More info on Wikipedia.

Photo taken at the Burning Man 2007 festival (Black Rock Desert, Nevada).­

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Black Rock City, Nevada, USA

Burning Man Festival

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Burning Man is yearly gathering of about 70,000 people, many from the San Francisco Bay Area, celebrating love, life, passion and art during one week in a desolated desert in Nevada.­

The event takes place each last week of august in an immense dry lakebed called Black Rock Desert.­ A temporary city is built where about everything is permitted except violence, money and commerce.­

The culmination of the event is the burning of a large human-shape figure in a giant bonfire, hence the name (Burning Man).­ The city disappears completely at the end of the week, leaving no trace.­

If this sounds interesting, check out the official Burning Man website at www.­burningman.­org.

Burning Man 2007 photos by Tristan Savatier.­

For information on this festival and to see my photos from other years, click here.