Best of Web – Isaac Martinez

Best of Web – Isaac Martinez

This video shows the behavior of Orbeez Water Balls when they are exposed to paint over an extended period of time. This is especially interesting to me, due to how the absorbent polymer breaks in a way that looks like proliferating cells. With water, these balls expand consistently outward and maintain their spherical shape, but with the paint, their membranes break apart and form very interesting, incongruent shapes. The different colors of the Orbeez used also adds a very robust color palette and vibrant contrast to the time-lapse making it easy to watch the reaction unfold.

This video is provided by Chemical Bouillon on YouTube and was made in Paris, France by Antoine Delach,Valere Amirault, Teurk in 2020

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  • Cole Smith
    Sep 14, 2022 22:09

    First – While this video is beautiful in an of itself just in terms of the colors of the breaking orbeez and the macro time lapse composition, what really stood out to me is how this looks like a microscopic view of what I imagine microorganisms changing and growing to look like, and for that reason it was really unique to me. It’s really cool how something that’s non-biological in nature can inspire and remind us of biological processes invisible to the naked eye.

  • Maridith Stading
    Sep 14, 2022 20:38

    2nd place: This video is very visually intriguing and shows very unique behavior that I am definitely interested in learning more about.

  • William Watkins
    Sep 12, 2022 10:43

    3rd place: I really admire how complex the behavior of the orbeez water balls when exposed to paint over time. It is a very interesting phenomenon and the colors are mesmerizing.


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