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De-synchronised, Chromium Plated, Bobbing Meerkats, Zen Lake of Dark Viscosity

Liquid Zen lake, with Mechanical Meerkats
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The lake is actually a large, circular indoor tank, filled with dark oil. The chromium plated meerkats that lurk below its black, inscrutable skin, break the surface in random sequence, then slowly withdraw to their hidden retreats. This causes the viscous surface to make circular ripples in imitation of the lines raked in the gravel of a Zen garden.

As the chrome finish on the meerkats has been devised to totally resist staining and beading by the oil, the reflections between themselves and the oil are complex and sharp.

All of the meerkats are of a different size. Some are quite tiny, and barely break the meniscus, while others stand tall and high above the surface when they arise. All move around the bottom of the tank, between their upward journeys. This means that neither their next point of surfacing, nor their timing can be predicted.

Sometimes more than one arises at once, and periodically all rise together. This is called "a singular moment of maximised meerkat reflection."

xenzag, Sep 14 2007

Richard Wilson's huge tank of used sump oil http://www.saatchi-.../richard_wilson.htm
It's really hard to see what's in this picture because the oil is so reflective, but it's a big steel tank of used sump oil, filled to the brim, with a walkway going out into the tank so you can stand in the middle (and not get covered in oil, of course). [hippo, Sep 14 2007]

More on Richard Wilson's huge tank of used sump oil http://arts.guardia...y/0,,928961,00.html
It's very reflective: "One of the first people to see [it], a man who was delivering paper to the gallery, asked me how he could get downstairs: he thought he was looking into another gallery beneath the walkway. When I dipped my finger through the surface of the oil, his jaw just dropped" [hippo, Sep 14 2007]

meerkat http://imagecache2....er-Feet-Posters.jpg
for those who don't know (can there be any?) [xenzag, Sep 14 2007]

Whack-a-Mole http://www.bobsspac...rames/playagame.htm
[Klaatu, Jun 01 2008]


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       The lake is actually a large, circular indoor tank, filled with fresh beer. The chromium plated tankards that lurk below its frothy, inscrutable head, break the surface in random sequence, then slowly withdraw to their hidden retreats. This causes the foamy surface to make circular lumps in imitation of the froth produced by bubble bath fluid in a bath.   

       As the chrome finish on the tankards has been devised to somewhat resist staining and leaking of the beer, the reflections between themselves and the beer are insufficient to detract the thoughtstream from drinking.   

       All of the tankards are of a different size (* which different size? different to what?). Some are quite tiny, and barely break the head, while others stand tall and high above the surface when they arise. All move around the bottom of the tank, between their upward journeys. This means that neither their next point of surfacing, nor their timing can be predicted.   

       Sometimes more than one arises at once, and periodically all rise together. This is called "a singular moment of maximised beer reflection."
vincevincevince, Sep 14 2007
  

       (I think you may have got the title and sub the wrong way round...)
theleopard, Sep 14 2007
  

       Baked, apart from the chrome-plated meerkats, of course (see links)
hippo, Sep 14 2007
  

       How do you achieve the chromium plating of the meerkat without limiting their ability to continue to respirate and metabolise?
vincevincevince, Sep 14 2007
  

       What an awful faux pas, thinking that 'flock' is the collective noun for nessies...
hippo, Sep 14 2007
  

       Did you mean "unappreciative"?
hippo, Sep 14 2007
  

       Probably both.
theleopard, Sep 14 2007
  

       Why have a meerkat when you can have a complicated one?
skinflaps, Sep 14 2007
  

       I am in full agreement with [xenzag] about this one, and shall bun this with aplomb. Which should frighten and confuse him/her.
globaltourniquet, Sep 14 2007
  

       I like this idea.
Galbinus_Caeli, Sep 14 2007
  

       Whack-a-meerkat.
egbert, Sep 14 2007
  

       Exactly my thought.   

       When I see an idea like this, the first thing I do is look to see what-the-hell-kind-of category could support it.   

       And sometimes it works.
normzone, Sep 14 2007
  

       From the page in the second link, describing Mr. Wilson's oil tank:   

       "Despite the fact that there were queues around the block right from the start, the great difficulty with something like this is selling it."   

       Well, yes.
MaxwellBuchanan, Sep 14 2007
  

       Sorry [xenzag], I'm not feeling it, and think the still oil art installations are much more powerful and interesting. [-]
theleopard, Sep 15 2007
  

       [Anathema], [Hippo] is correct. Clearly, the phrase you were seeking was, "a loch of Nessies".   

       [xenzag], you're crackers. [+]
david_scothern, Sep 15 2007
  

       I'm not sure at all why you should delete this idea.   

       the thought of an internet search that would result in this find, alone, appeals to me.
po, Sep 15 2007
  

       ok - for you po I will delete all my defensive comments and leave it alone.
xenzag, Sep 15 2007
  

       I never delete other folk's comments.
xenzag, Sep 15 2007
  

       I will plomb this with abun. [+]
pertinax, Sep 15 2007
  

       Could I add that I would like to see some sort of motion detector incorporated, so that when they rise, they always face you. Purely for the creep-out factor.
the dog's breakfast, Sep 15 2007
  

       Now we're getting somewhere. It wasn't a bad idea to start with but if the meercats only pop up when you aren't looking...
wagster, Sep 15 2007
  

       Kats, wagster, Kats.
The Kat, Sep 15 2007
  

       in that order?   

       i bunned it. nothing wrong with a vat o' meerkats that are oil resistant. they should really think about applying this to aquatic fowl and sea lions...
k_sra, Sep 17 2007
  

       I like it. Have a bun on me.
bnip, Sep 19 2007
  

       [+] i think a big lake of dark oil is thoroughly creepy. this seems like the anti-zen garden, designed to create discomfort and/or insanity in the visitor.   

       i wish there was a way for the oil to remain shiny, smooth and creepy-looking while being on fire.
sninctown, Jun 01 2008
  

       [egbert] You are so sick. I had the same thought. <link>   

       [+]
Klaatu, Jun 01 2008
  


 

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