Homemade volcanoes are staples of any early scientific life, usually with papier-mâché, vinegar and baking soda. But artist Robert Wysocki took his mini shield volcano to the next level with real lava.
Wysocki, who is an assistant art professor at Syracuse, describes his work by saying he has a “lifelong interest in the natural and unnatural landscapes manifested in self-defined and self-created landscapes, natural or otherwise.”
Watch the mini shield volcano in action:
He’s worked with lava for several years, and as part of the honors course called “The Art and Science of Lava,” he says, “the attempt was made to form a shield volcano – Mauna Loa, Kīlauea, etc. – by pouring in a “J” shape tube with the lava slowly emerging upward, overflowing, pooling, growing outward, etc.”
It may not be to scale, but it’s pretty sweet.
This article was originally written for and published by Popular Mechanics USA.