“Water Ballet”

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Artist Kamiel Rongen uses common substances like paint, oil, eggs, and even air freshener to create what he calls “water ballet.” His videos are full of ethereal and surreal landscapes full of color and motion. Buoyancy (or the lack thereof) plays a major role in his work – fluids often spurt upward like alien creatures emerging from a chrysalis. I’ve been debating with myself whether the fluids are actually rising or if they’re falling in front of an upside-down camera, and I’m not completely certain either way! I think that’s a testament both to Rongen’s artistry and to the awesome physics involved. Check out the full video below and you can see many more examples of Rongen’s work on his website. (Image and video credit: K. Rongen; h/t to James H.)

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