Painting With Gunpowder

This video about a Chinese artist who “paints” with gunpowder (blackpowder) is worth watching.

As usual, when linking to a video, I have to point out that a lot of what is said in the video is total nonsense. Gunpowder is not natural, unless anything made from minerals is considered natural (in which case your guns are “natural”). Chinese alchemists started experimenting with methods to refine Potassium Nitrate four hundred years before the medicinal precursor to gunpowder was discovered. It is very unlikely that gunpowder was ever made with naturally occurring and unprocessed¬†Potassium Nitrate.

Thanks to Colin for the link.

Steve Johnson

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  • CheekyOmelette

    objectively, isnt it Cai Guo Quiang whose wrong and not VICE? I love his work

  • Seth Hill

    The “painting” was pretty cool, I think that I might have to try that. I would say that gunpowder is organic, but as you pointed out it is not a natural compound. The likelihood that potassium nitrate, sulfur, and charcoal (or a carbon based fuel) being mixed together naturally is extremely unlikely.