What’s the blackest black on the planet? It’s not the color of coal, a midnight sky, or even a panther’s fur. The blackest shade on Earth actually comes from a human-made substance called Vantablack. It’s believed to be the darkest material ever created. But that’s not all that has people talking. Recently, sculptor Anish Kapoor (ah-NEESH kah-POR) bought the exclusive rights to use Vantablack in art. Now, many are asking whether an artist should have a monopoly on a material or color.
1. Explain the issue surrounding the artistic use of Vantablack.
2. Why do some people object to Kapoor having exclusive artistic rights to the material?
3. Should artists share access to new materials or technology? Why or why not?