Aesthetics are everything these days. Pretty much anything can be transformed from blah to wow with a little creativity and while some people all about platinum and gold, others are all about the Gothic aesthetics of doom and gloom.
It's actually not hard to see why, all of that black can look totally epic in the right circumstances and as it turns out, a completely pure-black swimming pool is way cooler than anyone may have guessed. The colors of a swimming pool can be as blue as you desire or if you swap in some black tiles it transforms into a darker, creepier vibe that we just can't get enough of.
These black tiles are like swimming in a galaxy! If only we could take it one step further and make the black as pure as a black void. That sounds super cool, doesn't it?
The black tiles look super cool but when light hits them, the color tends to transform.
Vantablack is a substance that can absorb 99% of light and even on a straight surface it looks like a black void.
Developed by Surrey NanoSystems in the United Kingdom, Vantablack is a material that is the darkest substance known, absorbing up to 99.965% of radiation in the visible spectrum.
So, theoretically... if we coated our pool tiles with Vantablack we could finally swim in a black void? Awesome!
Except it is not awesome. In fact, it would be incredibly dangerous and irresponsible to even attempt such a thing.
It all began innocent enough with a Tumblr post where someone thought, "black pools are cool and all but what about Vantablack pools?"
In came a party-pooper with some seriously horrifying "fun" facts about Vantablack.
And then it managed to keep getting worse.
So let's sum up your bad idea:
Are you looking at the fact-finder's username right now?
Before you dismiss that Tumblr user completely, consider what Surrey Nano Systems has to say about their product, Vantoblack:
Vantablack S-VIS can be applied to a wide range of material types. The only major requirement is that the surface or substrate material must be able to withstand temperatures from 100°C to 280°C - The actual temperature depends on the substrate and end use.
Would you risk it?