Blackest is the new Black introducing Vantablack
Willow you are going to want this and not be able to afford it!
The photograph above, not mine ripped off the Internet, is one of Anish Kapoor’s pigment sculptures. Some of these were shown at Manchester City Gallery a while ago and while I accept that my viewpoint may not have been that of the artist I was disappointed by the black not being black enough. It cast shadows on itself instead of absorbing all the light that fell on it there was clearly some reflection.
However it has just been announced that a British company Surrey NanoSystems have invented a process to produce a black coating that is literally so black that you cannot see it because so little light is reflected off it. Currently very expensive, a five cm disc coated with it would cost about £500, the price is expected to fall as the technology improves. See: -
There are artists such as Frederik de Wilde already working with such substances and the scientific and military applications will of course already be being considered, not least of which is the lining of telescopes and the calibration of light detection systems where this will be the zero.
So Willow when you make a tube lined with this and look down it at your object you will not know you are looking down a tube because you will not be able to see the walls, cool eh? The tube will appear not to have depth because there will be no visual cues and if the object were suspended in the tube it would be seen as floating in a black disc. I want some of this.
Interestingly there is a font called Vanta Black, if you had a company and were looking for a name for something, might you not Google it first? Perhaps they did, perhaps Vanta Black is their house font, it is quite a nice plain sans serif bold font.