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December 2, 2014 AT 2:00 pm

The Physics of Whisky’s Aesthetically Pleasing Residue #ArtTuesday

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SmithsonianMag has a story on the science, specifically physics, behind the strange beauty of whisky residue:

Creating the images required a bit of Macgyvering. On their own, the grayish sediment lines are a bit underwhelming compared to the amber liquid that creates them, so Button had to experiment with different glasses and lighting systems. Using flashlights and desk lamps, Button highlights the patterns with different hues. “It creates the illusion of landscape, terrestrial or extraterrestrial,” says Button. To him, many of the images appear celestial, perhaps something that a satellite camera might snap high above Earth. Other images could easily be frigid polar vistas or petri dishes of bacterial colonies.

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