Nov 14 2008It's Beautiful!: A Crystal (Meth) Apartment

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Roger Hoirn is an artist. An artist that grows crystals on things. Because that's what floats his boat -- crystals. I like turtles. Roger was able to grow copper-sulfate crystals on every possible surface of an apartment. How?

The answer is simple and at the same time remarkably difficult to achieve on this scale. Anyone who has had a chemistry lesson knows how you grow copper-sulfate crystals: make a supersaturated solution by dissolving lots of them in hot water, then, as it cools, they recrystalize, growing on whatever you dangle in the solution.


He sealed a ground-floor flat - turning it into a huge tank - and filled it with 75,000 liters of hot, supersaturated copper-sulfate solution, poured in through holes in the floor of the flat above. Then he waited for it to cool, pumped out the remaining liquid and broke back into the sealed flat to see what had happened. It had worked.

Cool. And by cool I mean you can freaking forget about your security deposit.

Hit the jump for another picture and worthwhile video.

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Thanks to Tyndall, whose neighbor's apartment blew up when he started cooking the wrong crystal.

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Firsty

If it's a house made of crystal meth, would you try to escape if your house catches fire?

FAKE!!!!

This is an obvious photoshop job. You can tell its fake because the shadows are all wrong.

This looks a lot like the scene in the movie NEver Back Down where Baja wanted to change her name to crystal because of a dream she had.

Art is dead.

wow and wtf at the same time. looks cool.

Daisy, your brain is fake. Just like your mother's love for you. FAKE!!!!

You can tell.

It's pretty, but I wouldn't want to have to dust it!

How much did that cost to do?! Sounds really expensive.

Where the hell did he pump all the "remaining liquid?" Into Gotham City's water supply. Two experiments in one!

That video reminded me of the movie "Irreversible".

In other words, it sucked my ass.

OK all you aspiring YouTube cameramen out there listen up. The success of YouTube is in its ability to stream your videos quickly and efficiently. In a nutshell, it does this by sacrificing picture quality and resolution in moving images. Look at it this way, a still video with only a coupe things moving in it (say, someone dancing) looks great because the background remains static and YouTube doesn't have to compress it and render it at a low resolution. If the camera is flying around every f***-way, not only what your filming is moving, but the whole scene is moving. The entire picture is rendered as an indistinct blur as YouTube sacrifices picture quality for speed. That's why whichever douchebag who filmed this might asa well have left his camera at home. Seeing as how the entire scene (and not one specific object in it) was his focus, he should have held the camera steady and approached the crystals along the walls slowly and carefully. In that way we the viewers would be able to get a distinct impression of this incredible apartment. Instead, he spins the camera around, trying to "take in" as much as possible, like that even matters since it all looks the same. This is so pathetically amateur.

an apartment filled with turtles does sound like a good idea...

Looks just like the apartment of the alien that abducted me that time I got abducted by aliens.

75,000 litres of water (no solids) = 75,000 kilograms = 165,000 pounds = 82.5 tons. A large bull African elephant can weigh up to 15,400 pounds. That's like having eleven elephants in your apartment (minus the noise and mess)! I'm guessing this was a ground floor flat on a concrete slab. And, regarding the lateral load strength of a standard framed wall, It's probably a basement...or a bomb shelter. WOAH!!! How cool is that! After the robots cause the holocaust I want to live the rest of my horrible life surrounded by pretty cobalt crystals in that guy's flat! OOOhhh! Pick me! Pick me!

@14 Could you at least read the caption and watch the video before you start typing? "He sealed his ground-floor flat..." plus the video starts outside, showing people lining up to enter the ground-floor apartment.

So if Superman got depressed, would this be his new home?

....this is art? I'd be terrified of mold and shit....

=(

ok thats pretty f***ing cool!!!! I LOVE BLUE!!!!

Good luck getting your damage deposit back!

@15 re:@14

Question: Could you at least read the caption and watch the video before you start typing? "He sealed his ground-floor flat..." plus the video starts outside, showing people lining up to enter the ground-floor apartment.

Answer: I read the caption and watched the video. My comment was regarding the
concrete necessary for support not that it was a ground floor flat.There are flats with concrete floors on upper decks, but their load bearing efficiency is reduced due to the lack of support from compacted sub-grade. If you care to pay attention and stop being a wanker you would have noticed that.


That's cool and all, but it's not for me. I like having sex on the floor.

Okay so he can afford to do this crap (umm art) to some poor landlords premises, but he can't afford to just go out buy a place of his own and pull off this experiment? Sounds like he's quite a jerk. Wouldn't it be more practical to take a spray bottle and squirt this stuff on the walls? I don't see why he needs to fill up the whole apartment.
Isn't the EPA going to look for him now? Sounds like an eco crime to me pumping all that liquid into the sewage system.

And just by the way did he remove his bed first? All that crystal stuff could get itchy, not to mention a turnoff for his crystal groupies during sex!

@11 & @15

All we need is love. Bah, bah, bahbahbah. If you don't like me you can leave! And, not all of us are professional youtubers as I'm sure you are. I've seen it! C'mon, fess up. You are that guy trying to sneek in all that hentai porn, aren't you! AREN'T YOU!!!

I'm gonna do this with my pool and then unbolt the ladder on April Fool's day.

Daisy apparently has no sense of humor and no sense of timing. Your "joke" (to use the term loosely) of adding the same photochop comment to the beginning of every post was moderately amusing at first. Then, it was tired. Then, you kept doing it so it was a little funny in that "wow, it's not that funny but she doesn't let up" kind of way. Now, it's just wasted pixels on the screen, and it's proving that you have no real sense of humor.

Give it up. Your joke has gone the way of "where's the beef" and "whazzaaaaaap".

looks sharp as hell. Im planning my next frivolous slip and fall lawsuit there. Shred for Bread I say.

@25 HEY! Leave our Daisy alone! Her comments are her signature! Besides she has really big (albeit FAKE!!!!!) boobs! They are an obvious photoshop job. You can tell they are fake because the squishyness is all wrong.

I wonder how hard it would be to do this to a car, or something small like a light globe/shade.

@27
When did you see daisy's boobies?

Holy crap. I really do not want to get drunk in this apartment. Can you imagine? Stumbling all over the place drunkenly and then hurting yourself with the crystal? I'll probably bleed to death before I sober up.

Is anyone else just plain creeped out by this?

I did this to my apartment, but i used my semen instead of copper sulfate.

I have been away for awhile and have been catching up on the last few hundered posts. Have seen and been sickened by Daisy's obvious cry for attention by posting the same shit about Photoshop and Never Back Down, all I can say is please ignore he/she/it and Daisy will slowly fade into oblivion. This is the first and only time I will acknowledge the existance of Daisy. I'm gonna go beat my cock like it owes me money, whilsy thinking of Amy and Thumperchica.

@11

WTF, youtube?
F***ing poor quality as shit.
Try Veoh.

Looks cool.

Btw, art is not dead.

See more:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgDN47_aviU

@33 - what you got against Daisy? How can you be sure about her motives, are you a trained psychiatrist? Why do you hate on her? You must not like girls or something.

I'd hit it. yup.

@22

You couldn't just squirt it on the walls, because it's the slow evaporation and cooling of the liquid that's allowed the crystals to form so large. (like that weird underground cave with the huge crystals a week or so back, -reallly- slow cooling). If you just squirted a bottle, the crystals would be so small, you'd end up with a slightly sparkly blue wall. You might just as well have used sparkly paint.

That second Youtube video shows that the apartments are about ready for demolition anyway, so it was only a silly experiment.

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That bathtub looks comfy and relaxing.

That would make a wicked nightclub.

blue tiberium infestation...

this is beautiful. and fah-king awesome

this reminds me of a dream when all of my classmates and i were orphans

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