Ferrofluids for the Holidays

Forget evergreens and flickering lights, I’m getting a pool of this black shiny liquid installed into my living room this Christmas. This work of art is created by using a highly polarized liquid called ferrofluid, in combination with a very strong magnetic current that can be adjusted. (don’t ask me about much more of the science behind it, I’m an art major for the love of Pete.) The liquid is beyond futuristic and makes tinsel look like a joke. The video demonstrates many of the fluid’s unique properties. Think of all the possibilities that could stem from this relatively new artistic medium.

By: Eric White

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1 Response to “Ferrofluids for the Holidays”


  1. 1 Brett Ruiz December 8, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    Video interview with the artist.

    Using a computer to manipulate electro-magnetic fields in the sculptures, Kodama coerces her stunning ferrfluid pieces to grow and disintegrate, flower and shed, and constantly reinvent themselves without the aid of animatronics or video wizardry.


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