This Artist Uses Gravity and Rice Instead of a Paint Brush

Artist Maria Lynn's works of art disappear in a flash but can be viewed repeatedly on social media.
Chris Young
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Artist Maria Lynn spends 45 minutes making artworks that are then scattered and destroyed in two seconds. Why? Because those two seconds are immortalized on social media as videos showcasing her unique approach to art — all she uses is rice, food dye, and gravity.

The artist captures incredible rising rice artworks of famous pop-culture creations like Spongebob Squarepants, Captain America, Batman, and Superman.


Family-friendly rice art

In the video below, you can see how Lynn makes Patrick Star in different stages, adding the colored rice to "draw" the cartoon character on a wooden panel.

Bu gönderiyi Instagram'da gör

Maria/Conrad (@marialynnfamily)'in paylaştığı bir gönderi ()

The next step is simply to throw the rice in the air and capture it on video which can be played back in slow motion to see Patrick Star in all his glory falling towards Earth.

Bu gönderiyi Instagram'da gör

Maria/Conrad (@marialynnfamily)'in paylaştığı bir gönderi ()

While not the most complex portrayal of Newton's 'Universal Law of Gravitation', it is an impressive display of what a little creativity combined with slow-mo video can do. For more videos have a look at Maria Lynn's Instagram account here.

Pop culture and science

It's not the first time, of course, that pop culture and science mingle in a viral social media post. Last year, we reported on a Reddit post that finally gave us the answer to the question, does Superman's cape slow him down.

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We also looked at an incredible upcycling artist who made amazing works of Tintin, Batman, and others completely out of trash.

With engineering and science, the possibilities for fun pop-culture related DIY projects are endless.

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