Diamonds are a precious commodity, and for good reason. They are durable, have a high lustre and a low reactivity – meaning they don’t spark when struck by other metals. But despite diamonds’ many advantages, they’ve never been used as a form of art before. That all changed earlier this year, when MIT professors Brian Wardle and Diemut Strebe turned a diamond into a work of art called The Redemption of Vainty.
How did the diamond get turned into a work of art?
Brian Wardle, professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT, and art, Science Diemut Strebe, an artist from the Department of Technology, turned such a diamond into a work of art called The Redemption of Vainty. The diamond was donated by the De Beers company to support the cause of arts education in South Africa.
Wardle and Strebe collaborated on the piece, designing and making the sculpture out of polished diamond blocks. They also used a laser to cut intricate patterns into the diamond’s surface. The resulting artwork is delicate but powerful – a beautiful reminder that no matter how small or insignificant a person might seem on the outside, they can still have value inside.
The Redemption of Vainty: A Brief History
Art and science have always been intertwined, and nowhere is that more apparent than in the work of Brian Wardle and Diemut Strebe. Their project, The Redemption of Vainty, started out as a diamond turned into a stunning work of art. Here’s a brief history of how it all came about.
In 2004, Brian Wardle was working on a project to turn a diamond into a sculpture. He had begun by cutting the diamond into small pieces and then using a laser to heat each one up until it became a gas. The gas was then forced into tiny bubbles, and as it expanded, it created the rough shape of the diamond sculpture.
Diemut Strebe was visiting MIT at the time and saw Wardle’s project. She was impressed by the beauty of the diamond sculptures and decided to turn it into an art piece instead. She worked with Wardle to create a finished product that is now on display at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
The Redemption of Vainty is an impressively intricate work of art that showcases the brilliance of both Brian Wardle and Di
How does art change the perception of diamonds?
Brian Wardle, professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT, and art, Science Diemut Strebe, an artist from the Department of Technology, turned such a diamond into a work of art called “The Redemption of Vainty.” The diamond is cut into a series shapes that resemble leaves and branches. The colors are inspired by the spectrum of light. Wardle and Strebe believe that this diamond will help to change the perception of diamonds. Diamonds have been seen as useless pieces of jewelry because they are not always to everyone’s taste. This artwork may help to change that perception.
In the 1800s, diamonds were often used as currency or to buy goods and services. But because they are so valuable, many people feel that they need to keep them hidden away in a safe place. That was until Professor Brian Wardle and artist Diemut Strebe came up with an ingenious plan: turn diamond into art. By using cutting-edge technology and combining modern artistry with ancient methods of crafting, The Redemption of Vainty is the result of their efforts. If you’re interested in learning more about this fascinating project, be sure to check out its website!