The Life Drop is an ever changing, brilliantly dyed three- dimensional sculpture that constantly moves with time through the power of gravity.
Over time, the solid, glassy-hard pitch resin material will flow as a liquid and create a hanging or flowing droplet. As the days go by, the solid material flows to form unique shapes and designs, which flow downward creating "Flow Art", as it is always moving and changing.
Flow Art is a revolutionary concept in the world of art and decoration. A piece of art that can be placed in your living room, apartment, vacation house, office, kitchen or desk, that is a constantly changing, colorfully dyed, originally designed sculpture. Flow Art differs from ordinary art by constantly changing day to day, month to month, and year to year, in appearance and shape, just like all of us. The Life Drop is always a conversation starter by the amazing concept of a solid hard glassy material that will shatter like glass, but can flow like a liquid. As the years go by your Life Drop will change over time, creating a strong relationship in remembering what it used to look like and great memories of that time period.
The Life Drop concept and design is confidently supported by the knowledge obtained from two material science degrees:
BS in Polymer & Fiber Chemistry (Clemson University)
Master's Degree in Material Science & Engineering (Clemson University)
2011 Clemson Science As Art Winner
The Life Drop is based on the longest running experiment in the world, the Pitch Drop Experiment. The purpose of the Pitch Drop was to determine the liquid viscosity(resistance to flow) of black pitch tar as it flowed extremely slowly. Pitch resin is the second most viscous material to everyday glass materials, yet it flows like a very slow liquid. The link to original experiment is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitch_drop_experiment. The current experiment has only formed 8 drops since 1927. No one has ever seen a drop fall in its history.
The University of Queensland pitch drop experiment, featuring its current custodian, Professor John Mainstone (taken in 1990, two years into the eighth drop).
The Life Drop is specially made so that a droplet or droplets will be formed in a fraction of the time compared to the original experiment. So waiting 8-10 years to see this glassy hard solid move as a liquid is reduced to a few months. This is a scientific yet artistic approach to the World's Longest Running experiment, customized to any design and colors.
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