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Supermajor by Matt Kenyon Artistically Defies Physics

By: Meghan Young - Published: • References: swamp.nu and fastcodesign
Supermajor by Matt Kenyon, a professor at the University of Michigan and cofounder of SWAMP, is an art installation that comments on the oil industry, as its name gives away. Inspired by the term referring to the six biggest publicly owned oil companies including BP, Chevron and ExxonMobil, the sculpture hints at the abundance and waste generated by them in an intriguing way.

Using a clever and simple optical illusion, Supermajor by Matt Kenyon is made up of six vintage oil cans, one of which has a rent in it. From this slit, a stream of oil slowly drips to the floor, or at least that is what it appears to be happening at first. In reality, the drips move backwards.